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writing as thinking
Writing as Thinking

“…the very act of writing is an act of thinking. It is good to start writing and watch where the writing takes you;to digress when you’re exploring an idea; to witness your thought, visibly on paper (or computer monitor), and have a dialogue with it—because that helps you find out what you know, what you don’t know, and what you need to know” (Toby Fulwiler, “Writing is Everybody’s Business” 23).

revision vs proofreading
Revision vs. Proofreading

“Writing is rewriting […] The writer does plan but keeps adapting those plans to what is discovered on the page” (Donald Murray, “Internal Revision: A Process of Discovery” 393-94).

internal revision
Internal Revision

Internal revision: everything writers do to discover and develop what they have to say, beginning with the reading of a completed first draft. They read to discover where their content, form, language and voice have led them. They use language, structure, and information to find out what they have to say or hope to say. The audience is one person: the writer. (Murray 399)

external revision
External Revision

This is what writers do to communicate what they have found they have written to another audience. It is editing and proofreading and much more. Writers now pay attention to the conventions of form and language, mechanics, and style. They eye their audience and may choose to appeal to it. They read as an outsider, and it is significant that such terms as polish are used by professionals: they dramatize the fact that the writer at this stage in the process may, appropriately, be concerned with exterior appearance. (Murray 399)

re visioning
Re-visioning
  • Read through your proposal and then write the following, quickly, without over-thinking:
    • Circle no more than 3 key words in your thesis.
    • Summarize the essence of what you know about your topic at this point (summarize, don’t list points).
    • Summarize what you do not know about your topic yet.
    • Summarize what you need to know about your topic at this point.
working with sources
Working with Sources
  • Write the following on the back of your Works Cited list:
    • 1. Tell me why you were interested in writing on each of the primary sources listed: in other words, what did you find compelling about the text(s)?
    • 2. Tell me why you chose each of the secondary sources listed: in other words, how do you imagine each will help you construct your central argument?