The web article (Links to an external site.) we read this week outlines 5 stages (invention, research, drafting, revising, editing, ). Within each step is a variety of activities that help to frame and shape a document. While drafting, for example, writers not only consider structure and organization, but also page design and layout. And note that the video separates revising and editing into distinct steps; that’s because each step requires distinct actions and activities. This writing process is also recursive, as the screencast indicates, the writing process is dynamic–moving between phases. Reflecting on something just drafted might lead back to more invention, which then leads to more drafting.
The Writing Process Image activity is designed to have you reflect on your own writing process. Doing so, will allow you to better understand the ways in which you approach a writing task and help you consider, with strategies from the textbook, how you might refine your process for the workplace.
First, take a few moments to reflect on your own writing processes. Consider the following questions to help jump start your thinking:
Where do you write (coffee shop, office, library, etc.)?
What conditions do you prefer (quiet, listening to music, TV in background, etc.)?
What do you write with (computer/laptop, tablet, paper/pen, quill/parchment, etc.)?
What invention (brainstorming) activities do you use (free write, mind map, list, outline, etc.)?
Then, reflect on the ways you compose documents. Do you start with the intro and work all the way through to the end, rewriting and revising when complete in a linear fashion? Or perhaps, you bounce around writing, (re)organizing, and editing along the way, in a more recursive style.
After you have finished reading the web article and reflecting on your own writing process: (1) create an image (using MS Word, PowerPoint, crayons/markers, or by some other method/material with which you feel comfortable) that best illustrates your writing process. The image must show connections among the various stages or points of your process. In other words, it should be more than just one picture. Instead, show process and progression. And (2) compose a 100- to 200-word document that explains your image and discusses your writing process reflection. In this document, also consider how your current writing process might shift or evolve as you develop workplace writing processes.