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The Meaning of Spatial Order


What about Spatial Order?


One of the first things humans learn is to write. Thru the years the individual learns new words and their definition. It experiences that there are lots of methods and skills available so humans can communicate with others in society. The world of communication is complex and we have been communicating without noticing how beautiful and impressive it is. Any document one writes should have a type of organization. And depending what the writing is about, it is required a certain organization that will help the reader extract the information the individual wants to disclose. Even the learning process itself is characterized by order. It will help the reader to be centered and focused while acknowledging the document. From a single line up to several paragraphs, a logical order of words and structure has to be done in order to maintain the purpose of the writing clear for readers to follow.

Spatial order definition

It is a method of organization available for the individual to show or testify the details on which how they are or were located in the area or space. The writing in this case will show details like: from top to bottom or from left to right. It is the order of the place from which the reader can picture and observe the details to determine the perspective of objects.

It can be very helpful to grant a description of something. This will help to understand its function and we can formulate how to act in accordance of the event that is required.

Here are some examples one can use to show the transitions of places.

  • On top of
  • Near
  • Down
  • Under
  • In back
  • Behind
  • Above
  • Farther along
  • Nearby
  • Alongside
  • Beyond
  • In front
  • Beneath

As you can see these words can show the meaning or can relate to space and the relationship of objects within that space. You must arrange the ideas in order of their physical location along with the location upon.

This type of writing strictly focuses on arranging the content in a logical order, not just by using the right words but, also describing the elements of what it transforms to a scene, to describe the specific order of things.


An example for understanding this will be that you mention the things you possess in your room. Lets say:

In my bedroom you will find a Tv, a bed, furniture, curtains, archives, even the sugar I left and my mom must be looking for it.  

The lines above will tell what elements can be found in the room, but they leave lots to imagination due to the lines are not describing the exact location of things. It gives general information about the things one will find in the individuals room. To picture the “scene” becomes difficult comparing it on how the real scenario might be. While reading the sentence one will picture the items given before, but one will not be able to picture them because he has no clue where the items are located or how the items are distributed within reach. Therefore we have Spatial Order, the method of organizing the content such that the details will be described in the order of their location in space.

As you enter to my bedroom you will encounter that the door hits the furniture that is at the right side of my bed. As you turn to the left you will see that the Tv rests in a furniture that is just right in front of my bed. At the right of my Tv are the archives and just behind the archives are the curtains gurding the window… omg! I left the sugar pot just below it!

When using spatial order, the items in the bedroom have not just being listed but they are now enlisted in the order of their geographic location. This will tell the logical progression of the view the individual tries (if so they choose) to communicate. This method of description is commonly used when descriptive writing is being done or read. If you are trying to paint with letters, this will surely give you access to brush someone’s mind. This way the reader can easily picture a pattern of appearance and will bring peace to the reader’s mind.


How to perform Spatial Order

One should first decide what to describe in the written document (story). Then decide to place that scene first to settle the right mood. This will be the panorama of the reader which is one of the most important situations of the person who will read the document. After that, the writer may concentrate on the details of the scene and should describe the compounds, in a logical order of course.

Following the example above the writer would want the reader to see things as he sees or as he would want. Start far from the character through whose eyes the reader is viewing the scene; describing the scenario from left to right, down and up.

To introduce the reader to some useful expressions and to help the reader with his efficiency there is something we call Transitions which will glue the ideas that the writer has, together. If there is any writing the individual wants to proof (professional or academic) the goal is to convey information clearly and concisely.

Transitions will help you reach this goal by establishing logical connections between sentences. This is what you need to form a logical relationship between the details; the writer strictly needs the transitions to connect the logical order with the logical ideas. Here below you will find more words, phrases, even prepositions that exist for this and more purposes.


  • Here
  • To the side of
  • Between
  • On the right hand (as opposite of left)
  • Across
  • Next to
  • On the other hand
  • Against

Remember that these words will help the writer to give the location and the positional details of the elements he wants to disclose.

The advantage of this type of writing

As the elements or the items in the scene are being physically described, the reader’s mind will not drive towards paranoia. As he recognize the geographic location of things, he will feel comfortable and ultimately in peace.

The descriptions will follow a logical order taking care not only about the reader’s mind but also, locate him where they can visualize the scene better. And by adding the transitional words, the picture is easier to understand.

The disadvantage of this type of writing

As the reader relates with long texts, he could find the use of spatial order as monotonous.

The reader might find this as if the writer were just giving orders. Since the items in the scene are being described in a certain order, the compounds will get a similar result. (Perhaps the reader would want a specific item to be on the left instead of the right) with this, the reader will not be able to participate instead, he will just obey. The reader doesn’t have the opportunity to emphasize an specific aspect on the scene.



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