Approaches to Writing. A Division of Graduate Education Seminar. Graduate Writing Tutor. Mission: to improve the quality of graduate writing that leaves Montana State University. The “Writing Process”. Brainstorming Organizing Outlining Drafting Revising Polishing. Brainstorming.
A Division of Graduate Education Seminar
Mission: to improve the quality of graduate writing that leaves Montana State University
“He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas.”
-- John Ruskin
“Remember, America, organization will set you free.”
-- Alton Brown
“The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance.”
-- George Eliot
“One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems like a good idea for a later place … give it, give it all, give it now.”
-- Annie Dillard
“No single bad writing habit is so powerful as the habit of typing an essay only when you are ready to turn it in.”
-- Richard Lanham
What do I look for?
How many times?
Realistically, look to completely revise your draft at least twice.
Remember to take a break when you need it. Long revising sessions can make you blind to many problems with your paper.
Paramedic Method (Necessities)
Paramedic Method (Extras)
Write out each sentence on a blank sheet of paper and mark off its rhythmic units with a /.
Mark off sentence lengths in the passage with a /.
Read the passage aloud with emphasis and feeling.