Developing a Writing Process

Developing a Writing Process

Taking the Mystery Out of Writing DEVELOPING A WRITING PROCESS www.uta.edu/owl Presented by: The Executive Staff of the English Writing Center www.uta.edu/owl

Many writers have a particular space that they feel more productive when beginning to write. Is that true for you? CONSIDER CREATING A WRITING SPACE THE WRITING PROCESS VS. YOUR WRITING PROCESS

While we can learn about how to formulate writing processes from other writers, keep in mind that the result must be a process that best serves each individual writer and his or her specific readers. www.uta.edu/owl 3 BASIC STAGES OF THE WRITING PROCESS Invention Composition Revision Adapted from The OWL at Purdue

www.uta.edu/owl THINK ABOUT HOW YOU SPEND YOUR WRITING TIME HOW MUCH OF YOUR TIME DO YOU SPEND INVENTING? COMPOSING? REVISING? www.uta.edu/owl RE VIS ION

COMPOSITION INVENTION WOULD YOUR WRITING PYRAMID LOOK LIKE THIS? www.uta.edu/owl OR LIKE THIS? REVISION COMPOSITION IN VE NTI ON www.uta.edu/owl

STEP 1: INVENTION DEVISE A GAME PLAN MAKE A SCHEDULE BE SURE TO SCHEDULE TIME FOR EACH STEP www.uta.edu/owl

INVENTION Ask questions to explore the rhetorical situation: Purpose? Audience?

Genre? Style? Research? INVENTION STRATEGIES 1. Facts: How did it happen? How did it begin?

Cause? 2. Definition: What is problem? Who/what is influencing the issue? 3. Quality: Is it good or bad? How serious is problem? 4. Policy: Should action be taken? What should be done?

www.uta.edu/owl MORE INVENTION STRATEGIES The invention process is kind of like squeezing the water out of a wet sponge. Dont stop inventing until your sponge is dry! Free-write/Brainstorm Map and Cluster

Journal www.uta.edu/owl STEP 2: COMPOSITION Carefully review the assignment What does the assignment ask you to do? Conduct research Read what other authors have to say about the your topics rhetorical situation.

Narrow your topic How can you contribute something original to the conversation? Your paper is your voice. Let it be heard! Why is your voice worth listening to? www.uta.edu/owl

STEP 2: COMPOSITION (CONTINUED) Organize your ideas Group related ideas together Use your invention writing AND your research Formulate topic sentences from the main ideas of these groups Write a first draft

Formulate a working thesis by asking yourself how all of your topic sentences fit together Develop each topic sentence into a paragraph that supports your working thesis www.uta.edu/owl CREATE A PRELIMINARY OUTLINE I. Introduction Set context (They Say) Explain importance

State thesis II. Body paragraphs Support main claim Develop ideas III. Conclusion Re-emphasize main ideas Re-state thesis Discuss future of issue www.uta.edu/owl WRITE! Just write! Dont worry! Its just a draft!

Occasionally look at your outline and/or essay prompt to make sure youre on track. www.uta.edu/owl AFTER CONCLUDING REST AND BEGIN AGAIN! Allow time during planning and writing to walk away from the project.

Let your brain rest so you can come back with fresh eyes and see your writing as others see it. www.uta.edu/owl STEP 3: REVISION Review first! Discuss your work with others. Clear thesis?

Clear communication of ideas? Organizationinformation to support thesis Paragraph structuretopic sentences, order Effective Conclusion: restate thesis, overview main ideas www.uta.edu/owl

REVIEW STRATEGIES Get feedback through peer reviews, writing center consultations, and from your instructor! Refocus What needs to be clearer? Reorder Do my paragraphs and sentences appear in an effective order within the paper? Add Is there anything I havent explained well? Cut Kill your babies! Eliminate anything that doesnt prove your thesis even if its the most brilliant thing youve ever written.

Adapted from The OWL at Purdue www.uta.edu/owl REVISING Note: It is impossible to revise your paper without reading it! Paper appears professional? Spelling/punctuation?

Sentences clear? Easy to read? Documentation style? MLA? APA? Chicago? www.uta.edu/owl PROOFREADING Run spell and grammar check!

READ your paper ALOUD, or have someone read it aloud to you! Talk to your instructor and classmates. www.uta.edu/owl FOR MORE HELP UTA Writing Center www.uta.edu/owl/ 817-272-2601 www.uta.edu/owl

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Purdue OWL The Writing Process http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/1/ Cleveland State University Writing Center http://www.csuohio.edu/academic/writingcenter/writproc.html The University of Wisconsin Madison Editing http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/CommonErrors.html Harvard Writing Center http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~wricntr/resources.html Strategies for Writers Block http://www.yale.edu/graduateschool/writing/forms/Symptoms www.uta.edu/owl %20and%20Cures%20for%20Writer's%20Block.pdf

Symptoms and Cures for Writer's Block. Yale University. Web. 9 Apr. 2012. The Writer's Handbook: An Editing Checklist. The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin Madison. The University of Wisconsin Madison. Web. 9 Apr. 2012. The Writing Center - Writing Resources. Harvard University. Web. 9 Apr. 2012. The Writing Process. Engaged Learning. Cleveland State University. Web. 9 Apr. 2012. The Writing Process. Purdue OWL. Purdue University. Web. 9 Apr. 2012. WORKS CITED

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