THE WRITER’S WORLD: Paragraphs & Essays, 3rd Edition.
Writing Process - Exploring
E X P L O R I N G Y O U R T O P I C
THE WRITING PROCESS
WHAT IS EXPLORING
• Scenario: You’re given a blank page and a subject
and told to write. You think, “I don’t know what to
• Exploring helps you think about your subject before
writing a paragraph or essay.
UNDERSTAND YOUR ASSIGNMENT
• How many words should I write?
• What is the due date/time for the assignment?
• Are there any special qualities that my writing
FOUR STEPS OF THE EXPLORATION
• Step 1
• Think about your topic. Decide what to write about.
• Step 2
• Think about your audience. Consider your intended readers
and what interests them.
• Step 3
• Think about your purpose. Ask yourself what you want to
• Step 4
• Try exploring strategies. Experiment with different ways to
• What you are writing about
• Narrow the topic to find an area that interests you
• Travel > Dangers of Travel
• Ask yourself…
• What special knowledge do I have about the topic?
• What subtopics are most relevant to me?
• What aspect of the topic arouses my emotions?
• Writing for a limited period of time without stopping
• Purpose: Record first thoughts that come to mind
• “I don’t know what to write.”
• Don’t worry about grammar, spelling, etc.
• Sandra’s Freewriting – p. 9
• Sandra’s Focused Writing – p. 9
• Create a list of ideas
• Don’t be concerned with spelling, grammar
• Jin’s Brainstorming – p. 9
• Jin’s Focused Brainstorming – p. 10
• Ask yourself a series of questions and write
resposnes to them
• Help you define and narrow your topic
• Ask: who, what, when, where, why, how?
• Clayton’s Questioning – p. 10
• Drawing a word map
• Ideas are arranged in a visual image
• Write the topic in the middle. Draw lines to connect
ideas to the main topic.
• Mahan’s Clustering – p. 11
• Mahan’s Focused Clustering – p. 11