Weekly Response #3A

This week’s response is a 3-part question. Please respond in a single paragraph that answers each of the 3 parts of the question.

What writing skill, pre-writing skill, or editing skill do you know for sure that you will use in your life beyond school?

When did you begin to grasp this skill?

How has it changed your writing process for the better?

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15 thoughts on “Weekly Response #3A

  1. The skill of planning what I am going to write before I begin the actual writing of any piece, is one that I know I will always use for my writing. Even beyond my school life I will make some sort of rough draft, even if it is merely a mental mind map or a quickly scratched list; it will be made. All throughout my school career it has been drilled into my head that making a plan is essential to any writing, but I did not truly begin to appreciate it – and further do it on my own without any prompting – till around grade seven or eight. Making a plan before I commence writing provides for me a focus and direction. It also ensures that I have enough to say about the topic I have chosen, allowing for a quick change of topic if there is not enough to discuss. I sincerely thank my various teachers throughout the years who have proved to me the importance of making a rough draft. These teachers have made it a part of my writing routine to take the extra time to plan and it has certainly helped condition my writing for the better.

    • Wonderful, Katie. Growing up, I always envied characters like Artemis Fowl (created by Eoin Colfer) or Michael Schofield (from TV show Prison Break) because they seemed to always have a plan. A plan is essential for the reasons you state: focus and direction. I’m glad you’ve picked up and taken ownership of this crucial skill!

  2. I will use editing and pre-writing I will use beyond high school. I started using these skills when I was in middle school and when I was in grade eight. It has made my writing process a lot easier and less stressful.

    • Definitely, Chelsea. Pre-writing helps you plan things out and organize ahead of time, saving time later. Editing is an essential and sometimes sadly overlooked part of the writing process.

  3. Throughout my life the one piece of information I constantly remind myself and I guess “live by” is to just keep writing.The beginning is always the toughest — for everything. This also includes writing. It doesn’t matter how you start off, if you are absolutely in love with your work or if you are absolutely frustrated with it — keep writing. Think you have nothing to write about? Keep writing. Don’t want to write anything? I don’t care, keep writing. Even if your words are scrambled all over pages and maybe not even relevant to your work at all, keep writing and at the end when you look over your work you will find a way to tie all your works loose ends together. Then you will read over your work and you find… actually it isn’t half bad. I only began to grasp this skill late last year but it has changed me for the better for now I find myself less threatened by school tasks and I discover a new strength in myself every time I complete my work. I become satisfied with my work unlike before. With this I am more inspired and motivated to write more and more.

  4. I think the writing skill that is most useful for any type of writing is making an outline. Outlines are part of the pre-writing process but they are very important because they help you to plan and organize your writing which in turn will makes it a lot easier to start writing. It is hard and overwhelming to begin to write any type of writing if you haven’t planned out what you are going to say and where you are planning on incorporating it into the piece. This is precisely what an outline allows you to do.

    I used to never make outlines for my writing. I would begin writing whole essays with out planning anything and it always resulted in stress and even failure to some extent. After being told to try writing an outline before I start my writing process I was skeptical, but it turned out to be the best piece of writing advice I have ever received. I now always make outlines before I begin to write and it has saved me a lot of time and stress in the long run. It is much better to take the few minutes, before you write, and jot down a quick outline to help guide you, rather than reach the middle of your piece and be at a lose or realize you have to go back and make changes.

    • Very cool, Jessica. It’s amazing how little pieces of advice turn out to be true when tried. There are so many creative ways to create outlines but I find there’s nothing quite like just making a nice 1. 2. 3. or a. b. c. outline and starting with some well crafted topic sentences. Outlines also make seeing your transitions a lot easier – without all the extra writing in between point A and point B. Good comments, Jessica.

  5. The writing skill I know I will use outside of school would be editing skills. The reason why I would use editing skills, is because editing is a part of life. You have to edit other peoples essays or work and you will someday have to edit your childrens work. Without editing your work would be a mess.

    I haven’t really grasped the skill of editng, but I have become more familiar with edititing, when marking someone elses work. Now I would usually take my time and actually figure our what is wrong with that sentence than change it up. Before I wouldn’t even try to figure out what was wrong with my work. My sister has also helped me out with grasping the skill for editing. Speaking to someone else also has a huge impact on editing.

    Editing has change a lot for my life. I finally feel like I understand what I’m talking about and I feel smart when I edit someone elses work. Looking at someone elses work now, I can finally feel like I accomplished something.

    • Fantastic news, Cheyanne. You’re absolutely right about the editing process – you become a better editor of both your own work and others’ work. It’s a skill you learn; people aren’t naturally good at it – although some may seem to have language strengths. We must learn through practice and through the reading of good writing.

  6. The writing skill I know I will always use is brain storming. I don’t know how I could ever write something without several ideas to kick start the process, it seems so foreign to me to just jump into it. That is why I admire Bill Watterson’s ability to just jump into his work without thinking, its something i could never do.

    Brainstorming has always just been a natural process for me no one really taught me how it is just an instinct that I have in order to write. I am really glad it isn’t stressful for me because I have seen people learning how to brainstorm and those people do not seem to enjoy it as much as I do.

    Brain storming helps my writing by keeping it organized and relevant. By thinking through my ideas I can decide which components I want to utilize or which ones I should disregard. People who jump into writing often clutter or disorganize their work while brain storming keeps everything in control. Brain storming is so under rated and everyone should use it to their advantage.

    • Brainstorming gets you moving. It’s only really possible to steer a vehicle when it’s already moving. Even a writer/illustrator like Bill Watterson starts with an idea, and he probably builds around it several times before reaching the version he intends to publish. Good comments, Linden.

  7. I think the most important skills of to carry though life is editing and outlines. I can’t really decide between the two which is more important because they are both important skills to have, first of all and outline is super important because people need to know how to structure and make an simple essay for paragraph. An outline helps people organize there work and helps them know what they are talking about so they don’t ramble on about whatever. I have a tendency to ramble on and not make sense, that is why I use outlines.

    For editing its a major important thing to have because people should know how to spell, punctuations and that kind of stuff. What if I am sending an important letter and I don’t know how to make is sound and the editing job is terrible. I am not very experienced in this part and it is not my strongest part in writing. I need to learn how to edit and word things properly. It is needed for some jobs and knowing hwo to do this stuff is important.

  8. The skill that I will use in my life after school would be brain storming. I feel that no matter what I do in the future I will use brainstorming in one way or another. Weather it be jotting down notes on a scrap piece of paper, or making a elaborate web of ideas I have found that getting down ideas I have no matter how obscure helps me obtain ideas and get them down on paper. I began to grasp this skill during the last few weeks of this class. When ever I wrote, I found myself struggling with ideas. Once I had the ideas it was easy to write, but being able to unlock those ideas from inside my head has always been a challenge until now. By forcing myself to write everyday and to just get my ideas on paper where I can physically see them. This has made me a stronger writer and I am thankful for this skill.

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