The Process of Writing: Composing through Critical Thinking, by Roberta Allen and Marcia Mascolini

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Sally caught the ball. The long-haired, athletic Sally gathered up all her strength and stretched, like Stretch Arm Strong, to grab that ball right out of the sky above. Which one sounds better? Which one would you rather have in your paragraph? With some simple things to keep in mind, you too can write better. The book entitled, The Process of Writing: Composing through Critical Thinking, by Roberta Allen and Marcia Mascolini, taught you everything from thinking before you write to putting things together, all the way to how to prepare specific forms of essays. It's definitely something you should read before even thinking about another paper. First of all, before you can write and actual paper, you must first go through…show more content…
Written messages that someone else asks you to write are called reader-initiated messages, and messages that you decide to write by yourself are called writer-initiated messages. Make sure you are on the right track at the very beginning, and this process will flow much easier. After you have made sure all of these elements are in order, you are ready to begin to put things on paper. There are three techniques for generating ideas: brainstorming, mapping, and free writing. When brainstorming, there are a few things to try so you get the best results. Try focusing on your topic for about 10-15 minutes without interruptions, and jot down every idea that flows through your mind, and don't stop to correct things, it's supposed to be sloppy. Try not to criticize yourself and just get out as many ideas as you can, even if they are not connected to your topic, just whatever is going through your mind. After that you can go back and evaluate your thoughts, cross out things that have nothing to do with your topic and things like that. The second technique is mapping, to do this just draw circles and lines connecting ideas to each other. The idea of this is to get your mind to make connections with things so that you can make paragraphs and you have support. The last one is free writing, and it's kind of like brainstorming. Give yourself a goal of a certain

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