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Seven myths beyond grammar july 2018

  1. 1. Seven Myths About Writing Terry Clayton
  2. 2. Myth 1 I don’t know enough grammar and vocabulary.
  3. 3. It’s the message that counts.
  4. 4. Myth 2 Writing is a product.
  5. 5. Writing is a process. thinking reading talking to friends and colleaguesmaking notes planning revising composing
  6. 6. Myth 3 Writing is something I do alone.
  7. 7. Writing is a collaborative effort.
  8. 8. Myth 4 It’s not ready yet.
  9. 9. Feedback from colleagues - how you get better.
  10. 10. Myth 5 The single draft.
  11. 11. Revising is how we make it better.
  12. 12. Myth 6 Revision means correcting.
  13. 13. Revising: Changing structure and organization.
  14. 14. Myth 7 Writing is formal.
  15. 15. Some situations less formal.
  16. 16. Write to express, not to impress. Professor Style Plain English The degree to which these levels of landuse change have in fact manifested themselves upon the hydrological regime of the river remains unclear. 46 words It is not clear how much impact land use changes have had on the hydrological regime of the river. 21 words
  17. 17. Sometimes, your writing is not the problem. © Joe Martin
  18. 18. Beyond Grammar Writing is thinking made visible. www.terryerle.com

Editor's Notes

  • Seven Myths About Writing
    There are probably more, but seven will do for now.
  • Good writing is more than a string of words in a sentence. Writing is about organizing and communicating ideas to create images in the mind of the reader. Of course you need basic vocabulary and grammar. The point is, you don’t wait until you meet some magical threshold of vocabulary and grammar before you start writing.
  • Good writing is more than a string of words in a sentence. Writing is about organizing and communicating ideas to create images in the mind of the reader. Of course you need basic vocabulary and grammar. The point is, you don’t wait until you meet some magical threshold of vocabulary and grammar before you start writing.
  • Most people read more than they write. They see the writer’s product but never the process. (show revisions for “An argument against” article.
  • Most people read more than they write. They see the writer’s product but never the process. (show revisions for “An argument against” article.
  • The word “writing” is used as a synonym for “composition”. Composition is the act of putting words on paper or typing them with a keyboard. Composition is usually done alone but not always. Writing includes a number of processes including: reading, discussing ideas, seeking feedback and revising.
  • When the most advanced writing technology was a quill pen and paper was very expensive, authors spent a lot of time composing and revising “in their head” before they started writing. There was no WhiteOut or delete button so mistakes were difficult and expensive to correct and changing a word or a phrase meant starting over from the beginning. Now we have word processors. Revision is so simple it’s actually part of the problem.
  • The word “writing” is used as a synonym for “composition”. Composition is the act of putting words on paper or typing them with a keyboard. Composition is usually done alone but not always. Writing includes a number of processes including: reading, discussing ideas, seeking feedback and revising.
  • The word “writing” is used as a synonym for “composition”. Composition is the act of putting words on paper or typing them with a keyboard. Composition is usually done alone but not always. Writing includes a number of processes including: reading, discussing ideas, seeking feedback and revising.
  • When the most advanced writing technology was a quill pen and paper was very expensive, authors spent a lot of time composing and revising “in their head” before they started writing. There was no WhiteOut or delete button so mistakes were difficult and expensive to correct and changing a word or a phrase meant starting over from the beginning. Now we have word processors. Revision is so simple it’s actually part of the problem.
  • Writing is more than a string of words in a sentence. Writing is about organizing and communicating ideas to create images in the mind of the reader. Revising is the process of making those ideas clear.
  • People think writing has to be very formal. Sometimes this is true. If you are writing a speech for the Ambassador, you would probably use formal language. But not all audiences are the same. You have to adjust your writing to meet the needs and level of the audience. Write to express, not to impress.
  • Writing is more than a string of words in a sentence. Writing is about organizing and communicating ideas to create images in the mind of the reader. Revising is the process of making those ideas clear.
  • The text on the left is from a draft of a report. The text on the right is a revised version.
  • Managers often confuse their personal preferences for good writing and report layout.
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