Writing ProcessMadeleine L’Engle Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it
Writing ProcessMaya Angelou When I start a project, the first thing I do is write down, in longhand, everything I know about the subject, every thought I’ve ever had on it. This may be twelve or fourteen pages.
Writing ProcessMaya Angelou cont’d Then I read it through, for quite a few days . . . then I try to find out what are the salient points that I must make. And then it begins to take shape.
Writing ProcessGenerating Ideas Writing is not something you do after thinking, but in order to help you think. Writing is recursive - plan, revise plan, draft, revise draft, write, revise, write, revise
Writing ProcessPre-Writing Techniques List/Brainstorm Research Ask Questions Freewrite Cluster Maps Discussion
Writing ProcessOutline Thesis statement: I. Main Point One A. Supporting detail i. evidence, examples, opinions ii. evidence, examples, opinions B. Supporting detail i. evidence, examples, opinions ii. evidence, examples, opinions II. Main Point Two A. Supporting detail i. evidence, examples, opinions ii. evidence, examples, opinions B. Supporting detail i. evidence, examples, opinions ii. evidence, examples, opinions III. Main Point Three A. Supporting detail B. Supporting detail
Writing an IntroductionBasics It should catch readers’ attention It should present the essay’s thesis statement It should give readers an idea of what the essay will cover
Writing an IntroductionTechniques Start with a surprising fact or idea Open with a quotation Give an example or tell a story Offer a strong opinion Ask a question
Writing a ConclusionBasics It should refer to your main point It should briefly summarize the support you have developed It should make a final observation It should NOT introduce new information
Writing a ConclusionTechniques Foresee the future by utilizing the information Give the reader something to think about Refer back to Intro techniques