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Flowers’ Model of the Writing Process. Standard model. Get ideas Draft Revise Polish. Parts / Whole. Original Star Trek. McCoy intuition. Spock reason. Kirk executive function. Your writing energies. Creator. Drafter. Planner. Editor. Flowers’ model. Flowers. Variation. Role.

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standard model
Standard model
  • Get ideas
  • Draft
  • Revise
  • Polish
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Parts / Whole

Original Star Trek

McCoyintuition

Spockreason

Kirkexecutive function

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Your writing energies

Creator

Drafter

Planner

Editor

or if you prefer

Flowers

Variation

Role

Architect

Lunatic

Carpenter

Judge orJanitor

Architect

Artist

Carpenter

Inspector

What if…?

Why not…?

What’s the plan?

Build it!

Clean it up!

Or if you prefer…
words of wisdom
Words of wisdom
  • Each of these four characters needs time alone on the stage.
  • If you shortchange any of them, your writing will suffer.
          • Garner (1997)
enemies and allies
Enemies and allies

Natural allies

Natural enemies

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Your writing energies

  • Which is strongest?
  • Describe any conflicts you experience between the four energies.
  • If you wish, share strategies that you find helpful in resolving conflicts.

Creator

Planner

Drafter

Editor

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Cultivating the Creator

  • Separate drafting and editing.
  • Focus on capturing ideas.
  • Promise the Judge a chance to comment later.
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Cultivating the Planner

  • Follow a model.
  • Create an outline or other overview.
  • Use linear logic or web thinking,whichever works for you.

random

order

1, 2, 3

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Step- or web-thinker?

  • Follow a model.
  • Create an outline or other overview.
  • Use linear logic or web thinking,whichever works for you.

random

order

1, 2, 3

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Cultivating the Carpenter

  • Create the draft.
  • Separate writing and editing.
  • Go with the flow.
  • Leave gaps for later.
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Cultivating the Judge

  • Judge = “inspector for quality control” (Garner, 1997)
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Cultivating the Judge

  • First, deal with global issues.
    • Have you said what you wanted to say?
    • Are things in the right order?
  • Then switch to your readers’ point of view.
    • Have you anticipated questions?
    • Will readers understand?
    • Do they have a reason to care?
  • Finally, fix errors.
do a dental draft
Do a “dental draft”

A friend of mine says that the first draft is the downdraft—you just get it down. The second draft is the up draft—you fix it up. And the third draft is the dental draft, where you check every tooth, to see if it’s loose or cramped or decayed, or even, God help us, healthy.

Anne Lamott

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What have you learned?

Creator

Planner

Drafter

Editor

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Genealogy

References

Flowers, B. S. (n.d.). Madman, architect, carpenter, judge: Roles and the writing process.Retrieved from https://webspace.utexas.edu/cherwitz/www/ie/b_flowers.html

Garner, B. A. (1997). Using the Flowers paradigm to write more efficiently. Retrieved from http://www.wsba.org/media/publications/barnews/nov08-garner.htm

(Flowers, n.d.)

(Garner, 1997)

(Munzenmaier, 2010)

You

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Resources

  • Flowers, B. S. (n.d.). Madman, architect, carpenter, judge: Roles and the writing process.Retrieved from https://webspace.utexas.edu/cherwitz/www/ie/b_flowers.html
  • Garner, B. A. (1997). Using the Flowers paradigm to write more efficiently. Retrieved from http://www.wsba.org/media/publications/barnews/nov08-garner.htm
  • Simpson, T. (2009). The toolkit. Retrieved from http://www.win-more-cases.com/toolkit/introduction/artist-inspector-architect-carpenter.html
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