The Writing Process
Drafting
 Don’t wait until the last minute!
 Establish a schedule that works for you
 Break down your writing task
 Ex...
Writer’s Block
 Think of an assignment as a problem to
be solved. Write it out in a single
sentence.
 Stop trying. Take ...
Assessing Your Own Writing
 When writing for yourself – don’t worry
 Personal writing = length
 When writing for others...
Consider the Rhetorical Situation
 Purpose
 Audience
 Genre
 Stance
Reviewing Your Writing
 Focus
◦ Thesis
◦ Introduction & Conclusion
 Support
◦ Reasons, Evidence
 Organization
 Clarity
Getting Responses
 Others can point out problems that you do
not see in your own text
 Answer specific questions you may...
Revising
 Major changes to the essay
 Layered
◦ Whole-Text
◦ Details
 Give yourself time to revise
 Sharpen your focus...
Editing
 Details
◦ Paragraphs, Sentences, etc.
 Paragraphs
 Sentences
 Words
Proofreading
 Clean up your work for presentation
 Spell check
 Formatting
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  • Norton Field Guide to Writing, pg. 226
  • Writing Process

    1. 1. The Writing Process
    2. 2. Drafting  Don’t wait until the last minute!  Establish a schedule that works for you  Break down your writing task  Expect surprises  Expect to do more than one draft
    3. 3. Writer’s Block  Think of an assignment as a problem to be solved. Write it out in a single sentence.  Stop trying. Take a break. Come back refreshed.  Free write, brainstorm, outline  Research what others have said
    4. 4. Assessing Your Own Writing  When writing for yourself – don’t worry  Personal writing = length  When writing for others… ◦ Make sure your points come across clearly ◦ What needs work? What still needs work? What do you need to say more (or less) of?
    5. 5. Consider the Rhetorical Situation  Purpose  Audience  Genre  Stance
    6. 6. Reviewing Your Writing  Focus ◦ Thesis ◦ Introduction & Conclusion  Support ◦ Reasons, Evidence  Organization  Clarity
    7. 7. Getting Responses  Others can point out problems that you do not see in your own text  Answer specific questions you may have about the audience of your text
    8. 8. Revising  Major changes to the essay  Layered ◦ Whole-Text ◦ Details  Give yourself time to revise  Sharpen your focus  Strengthen the argument  Clarify  Rewriting – pg. 239
    9. 9. Editing  Details ◦ Paragraphs, Sentences, etc.  Paragraphs  Sentences  Words
    10. 10. Proofreading  Clean up your work for presentation  Spell check  Formatting

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