Options For Editing

How do you know when your writing is done Me, I'm never sure when it's done, when it's good enough. I mean, if it says basically what I want it to say, who cares how pretty it is I agree with Tom that writing need not be pretty, but I wouldn't be satisfied with writing that says basically what I want it to say. I want my writing to say exactly what I want it to say which is where editing comes in. Editing is finishing. Editing is making a text convey precisely what you intend in the clearest...

Thinking With Writing

Writing helps us figure things out in at least two ways. On the one hand it makes our thoughts visible, allowing us to expand, contract, modify, or discard them. We can hold only so many thoughts in our heads at one time when we talk out loud and have dialogues with friends, or with ourselves, we lose much of what we say because it isn't written down. More importantly, we can't extend, expand, or develop our ideas fully because we can't see them. When we can witness our thoughts, we can do...

Toby Fulwiler

A subsidiary of Reed Elsevier Inc. 361 Hanover Street Portsmouth, NH 03801-3912 www.boyntoncook.com Offices and agents throughout the world 1988, 1991, 1997, 2002 by Toby Fulwiler 1988 edition first published by Scott, Foresman and Company under the title College Writing All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a...

Options For Revision

This class has finally taught me that rewriting isn't just about correcting and proofreading, but about expanding my ideas, trying experiments, and taking risks. Why did it take me so long to learn this And why don't I do it on all my papers Yes, Rachel, rewriting is about expanding ideas, trying experiments, and taking risks. It's also chancy, unpredictable, laborious, frustrating and impossible to do if you don't make time for it. But in every way, it makes your writing better. There are no...

Writing To Remember

Writing about your personal experience is risky. You invite readers in, show them your life, and hope that they'll like what they find. Or, if they don't, that they'll at least tell you so gently. In the journal entry here, Jody describes this fear quite well. Later she came to talk to me about her paper. I hope she went away from our talk feeling relieved, not to mention alive. Figuratively, at least, writers find ideas to write about in one of two places inside or outside. The inside ideas...

Reflective Essays

Reflect v. 1 to bend or fold back to make manifest or apparent 2 to think quietly or calmly to express a thought or opinion resulting from reflection. Reflective writing is thoughtful writing. Reflective essays take a topic any topic and turn it around, up and down, forward and backward, asking us to think about it in uncommon ways. Reflective writing allows both writer and reader to consider but especially reconsider things thoughtfully, seriously, meditatively but demands neither resolution...

Finding Your Voice

If you feel that you can never write as well as John Steinbeck or Charles Dickens . . . you may be right. But you can write well if you find a voice that rings true to you and you can learn to record the surprises of the world faithfully. Early in this book, we looked at the several purposes that cause people to write in the first place to learn something better, to question, to share, and to present. Later, we looked at the audiences for whom writers write, including teachers, friends, the...

Writing Alternate Style

Why is academic writing so cut and dried, so dull Why can't it be more fun to read and write Contemporary nonfiction writing is not dull. At least, it doesn't have to be, as the pages of The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and even Sports Illustrated will attest. Read these and dozens of other current periodicals, and you'll see a variety of lively, entertaining, and informative prose styles. While the modern revolution in creative nonfiction sometimes called literary journalism has been slow to...

Reflection On The Necessity Of Thesis Statements

An informational or argumentative thesis states the theme or central idea of your paper, usually in the first paragraph or page, alerting the reader to both the subject of your paper and what you intend to say about that subject. In explanatory and informational papers, a thesis stated early makes good sense because it tells the reader the nature of the explanation to follow. In this chapter the subject is defined and explained in the first paragraph. In argumentative and interpretative papers,...

Strategies for Writing Reflective Essays

Your subject alone will carry interest just so far the rest is up to your originality, creativity, and skill as you present the topic of your essay, along with the deeper and more speculative meaning you have found. Pause Include pauses in your writing and make your reader pause with you. Once you've established your nominal subject, say to the reader, in effect, Wait a minute, there's something else going on here stop and consider, The pause is a key...

Language Autobiography

A language autobiography tells the story of how you came to be the language user you are today it focuses on those influences you perceive as most important, the ones that shape how you read, write, speak, and think. The following list offers some suggestions for constructing a language autobiography. Write about family, friends, and teachers who taught you things about language first words, code words, critical words. When possible, locate artifacts such as letters, diaries, and stories you...

Documenting Research Sources

I liked writing this paper more than any other paper I've ever done. I think it was because we worked as a team when we toured the factory and later, when we wrote each of the three different drafts of this paper. Everybody pitched in, nobody slacked, we had a really good time, and we even learned how to make ice cream Each subject area in the curriculum has developed its own system for documenting sources in research-based papers. Each system does essentially the same thing, yet the...

Guidelines For Keeping A Journal

I usually do my journal writing with pen and ink in lined paper notebooks. In fact, I keep several different journals, each in a different notebook my personal professional journal in a small 7 X 10 leather loose leaf my teaching journal in an equally small cardboard loose leaf my travel journal in an even smaller 5 X 7 spiral bound carried in a tank bag on cross-country motorcycle trips . I always have the personal journal with me, in my book bag, to catch thoughts related to my everyday life...