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The writing-process2019

The writing-process2019



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    • The Writing Process Or… Zen and the Art of Essay Craft
    • Getting Started
      • First and foremost…
      • DON’T PANIC!
      • Habits That Will Result in a Poor Paper
      • Procrastinating
      • One-draft writing
      • Massive self-criticism
      • Thesaurus abuse
      • Marriage to first draft
      • Habits That Will Result in a Successful Paper
      • Prewriting
      • Developing
      • Revising
      • Tweaking
      • Writing Center
      • Conferencing
      • Habits That Guarantee Failure
      • No Process
      • No Paper
      • Plagiarism
    • Understand Your Assignment (Then Forget About it For Awhile)
      • Thoroughly read your assignment prompt.
      • What, specifically, is your topic?
      • Who is your audience?
      • How long should your essay be?
      • Are there special requirements?
      • Ask questions if you don’t understand.
    • Getting Ideas
      • After figuring out your assignment - you need to generate ideas before you begin drafting.
      • Forget about the end product for a bit and just get creative.
      • Try listing, mapping, free-writing, journalist questions, cubing, or any other method that works for you.
    • Listing
      • Listing is a good way to quickly gather many ideas on paper.
      • Simply make a list of as many ideas as come to you as quickly as possible.
      • Topic: Essay About An Important Place
      • List:
      • Bed, my comfy chair, the mountains, the ocean, my office, the garden, anywhere with a book, Starbucks, home, the shower, the right state of mind…
    • Mapping
      • Mapping is a form of free association that creates a visual image of ideas and their connections. Using mapping can give you not only ideas for an essay - but connecting ideas that may turn into paragraphs.
      • Favorite Place
      Comfort Starbucks Aesthetics Books Tastes Smell Hanging out with friends Writing Studying Energy
    • Freewriting
      • Write, write, write and don’t stop. Freewriting means taking an idea and running with it wherever it leads. Don’t think about it - just keep writing. When you free yourself and just allow the ideas to come, you might end up with a great essay topic that you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.
      • Starbucks
      • Coffee calls from shelves and walls. I can’t not stop in. Who will be waiting for me today? Chatting till I have to run to class, my latte sloshing with each step. I don’t even mind when it splashes on my fingers: my sugar-free, non-fat liquid gold. Keeping me sane. The barista knows my name. Here I sip the taste of home.
    • Journalist Questions
      • Use the standard questions every journalist must answer.
      • Who
      • What
      • When
      • Where
      • Why
      • How
      • Thinking of different ways to answer those questions might lead to a fresh perspective on your topic.
      • The Taste of Home
      • Who: Either alone or with friends.
      • What: Coffee, coffee, coffee!
      • When: Day, night, when studying, when socializing, when thinking, when chilling…
      • Where: Starbucks, Coffee Haus, my office, home, pretty much anywhere
      • Why: Energy, inspiration, comfort, mental and emotional health
      • How: With all the senses engaged.
    • Cubing
      • Similar to Journalist Questions, cubing involves considering your topic from six different angles.
      • Describe it (colors, shapes, sizes, etc.)
      • Compare it (What is it similar to?)
      • Associate it (What does it make you think of?)
      • Analyze it (Tell how it's made)
      • Apply it (What can you do with it? How can it be used?)
      • Argue for or against it
      • Describe it: Engage the senses - how does it look and taste and feel - what do you hear and smell?
      • Compare it: Like finding my muse.
      • Associate it: A luxurious bubble bath; slipping into silk pajamas.
      • Analyze it: It gives me a moment to breathe in my surroundings, to organize my thoughts. When drinking a cup of coffee with friends, I am sharing my real self.
      • Apply it: Coffee can be an effective and relatively safe energizer. It can help get through massive amounts of graduate school readings.
      • Argue for or against it: Strangely, I think of home and comfort when I drink a cup of coffee during the day, despite the fact that no one in my home is terribly fond of coffee. When I make coffee at home, it never seems to be as comforting as coffee I share with friends at work.
    • The VRD ( Very Rough Draft)
      • The VRD is rough - very rough.
      • Take your idea and start writing about it.
      • Don’t worry too much about spelling, punctuation, organization or grammar. Just make sure it’s marginally readable.
      • It’s like freewriting - but attempts to stick to the topic and gets typed.
      • It CAN be nutty, horrible, abysmal, disorganized, slangy and even silly.
      • The idea is to just get started.
    • “ Polaroids”
      • Anne Lamott, in Bird by Bird, describes the next part of the process as “seeing what develops” - like a polaroid.
      • After writing your VRD, let it breathe for a day or so and then read it again.
      • Do you see anything different there?
      • Can you see a more interesting direction for your essay developing?
      • Is there more to explore?
    • Anne Lamott’s Three Draft Essay
      • After gathering ideas, you can think of your essay writing process in three drafts:
      • The Down Draft: Just get it all down (aka - the VRD).
      • The Up Draft: Then fix it up (revision and organization).
      • The Dental Draft: Check every ‘tooth’ carefully - work on word choice and sentencing to make it sound better (tweaking).
    • Read it Out Loud
      • During the revision phase - read your paper slowly, out loud to yourself.
      • Better yet, read it out loud to a friend or tutor.
      • Even better - have someone read it out loud to you!
      • You will be amazed what paper issues you can ‘hear’ that you missed when reading.
      • If parts are awkward, confusing, choppy or repetitive, you’ll notice.
      • You might feel a little silly - but it may mean the difference in your paper grade.
    • Formatting and Requirements
      • If you haven’t already - it’s time to revisit your assignment sheet.
      • Notice the requirements for paper length, font, margins, etc.
      • Does it need a cover sheet? A creative title?
      • What should be included in your folder with the final draft?
      • After all your hard work - don’t loose points by neglecting the requirements.
    • Finish It!
      • At this point - if you’ve gone through the process - you should be proud of your essay.
      • If you’ve also gone to the Writing Center and conferenced with me - you should be proud and confident.
      • Give it one last check for those sneaky, ‘dum’ errors (like writing ‘to’ instead of ‘too’ or ‘your’ instead of ‘you are’)
      • And all that’s left to do is…
      • Staple it - put it in a folder with the process and celebrate!