Writing is like brick-laying. Every sentence should follow directly from the sentence that preceded it. And lay the groundwork for the premise that follows it. Build carefully. You’re not going to get those bricks right the first time. That’s the genius of cement taking time to dry. You can pull up the bricks & lay them again, re-arranging them to build a sounder structure.
Gary Snyder’s poem, “Riprap,” has long been my model/inspiration.
Lay down these words
Before your mind like rocks.
placed solid, by hands
In choice of place, set
Before the body of the mind
in space and time:
Not to mix the metaphor too much, but riprap is the building of stone trail in the wilderness by hand: the interlocking stones carefully, wilfully, mindfully set in place.
Incidentally, Gary Snyder’s poetry & his essays (Practice of the Wild & A Place in Space) were my entry point into environmental history more than twenty years ago.