Writing Process : Analyzing Your Audience

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The Writing Process The first thing to do in the writing process is to select a topic and do research on that topic. Once you’ve selected a topic and have done enough research to tentatively commit yourself, you can then go into the four phases of the writing process; I. Prewriting: Analyzing your audience, determining your purpose in writing, limiting the scope of what you will cover, and generating potential content. II. Drafting: Making a case and structuring your evidence for that case. III. Revising: Putting yourself in the place of the reader, rethinking your approach, and making changes that will improve your case. IV. Polishing: Editing and proofreading to eliminate errors and improve the coherence and the readability of your…show more content…
Annotating a text with your thoughts about the authors arguments or summaries in your own words will help you understand the text, and may be useful if you need to return to it later. ( University of Sussex, 2016)1 Many students find that marking their study texts with highlighter pens or annotating them by writing in the margins helps them to concentrate, and it enhances their understanding. Just deciding what to highlight, underline or annotate encourages you to think critically and formulate your own response to the text. To use this technique, first read quickly through the text to get an overview of what it 's about. Then read it more closely, pausing at the end of each paragraph to identify the main points. In the page margins you might like to add brief comments and queries as annotations. Then you decide what you want to highlight or underline to help you to recognize key points and their significance. You may decide to emphasize • A sentence or word that sums up an important idea • Quotations • Statistics • Specialized terms • Important or useful data • Examples or links to other ideas. You could use different colored pens to mark different kinds of information, but be careful not to highlight so much that it becomes distracting. This technique is not a replacement for making your own notes, but may form the first stage in creating diagrammatic notes (such as mind maps) as well as preparing for essays. (The
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