Category "Writing Strategies"

October 3, 2005

Revision Strategies

Here are the ideas we discussed in class for revision. One I'd like to add that we forgot to mention is "scrap part or all of it." It's important to remember that sometimes it's ok to just get rid of entire sections because they're not working and you can't see a decent way to work with them. It's an extreme step sometimes, but it might be useful to feel like you have a fresh start. The list we made is in the full entry.
  1. Re-read the assignment
    1. Read in context
    2. Read out loud
      1. Style and flow
      2. Awkward sentences
  2. Separate yourself from the paper
    1. a See it from someone else’s (audience point of view)
    2. Read out loud
    3. Audience – stop and think about who your audience is
    4. Take a break, look at it LATER
    5. Print it out
  3. Look for specific issues
    1. Look for topic sentences
    2. Thesis
    3. Transitions
    4. Specific details, not enough details, etc
    5. Clichés or platitudes
    6. Word choice
    7. Organization (making that reverse outline)
    8. Logical progression
    9. “flow”? – try to get more specific
    10. Look for sentences that don’t sound right when you read them
    11. Evidence
  4. Make a revision checklist
  5. Reduce distractions / get the “right” distractions
  6. Eat
  7. Sleep
  8. Don’t do it all at once
    1. Timetable
    2. Specific time
  9. Give it to someone else to look at
    1. friend
    2. classmate
    3. Parent
    4. Teacher
  10. Revise with someone
  11. Writing Center
  12. Proofread
    1. With a style manual

Posted by bohn0025 at 9:38 AM | Writing Strategies


Category "Writing Strategies"

September 12, 2005

Helpful links for Paper One

I'll update this post with links to helpful sample readings for our first paper. I highly encourage you to post links yourself in the comments! For now, I just have a quick one, Salon's "Summer School". I am handing out one of these articles in class today.

Summer School. These are in a slightly different genre than what you're writing, but I think they're helpful nonetheless. In particular, they're a good example of what it's like to describe a personal experience with reading and how it affects you.

Posted by bohn0025 at 11:04 AM | Writing Strategies


Wow, she really doesn't like "Lord of the Flies". When i was a freshmen i was also required to read it. At first i really didn't like it either, but once i got into it i felt it really explored the human...or not so human mind. It made me really wonder if i was in that situation, would i behave in the same "animalistic" way? I did find the the author's account of her experience really funny though. She did make some good points, but i disagree with her views on the book.

Posted by: Sarah Markegard at September 15, 2005 9:37 PM

Category "Writing Strategies"

Close Reading

I mentioned in class that there was a great article about Fight Club online. It's particularly nice in that it's a great example of a writer trying to impress a certain kind of audience. What do you think of this article? Why do you think the author uses the style he does - consider, for example, where this article is published, the "New York State Writer's Institute."


Posted by bohn0025 at 11:01 AM | Writing Strategies