The patchwork writer notes down headings to gather a rough idea of the topic, notes are then categorised accordingly. When it comes time to write the essay The PatchWork Writer finds a way to “fit” all the information together. This results in the shuffling of information as well as a lot of “cutting out”. By creating sections early on, this writer is able to gain a general idea of the essay’s direction.
The grand plan writer aims to understand the topic thoroughly before they start writing. This results in a lot of time spent reading and making notes, the introduction is often added once the initial body of writing it completed. Planning and redrafting are often unnecessary for this writer.
The architect writer carries out some note taking and drafts some ideas for headings. Visual diagrams and lists help develop an essay direction and outline. A “sense of broad structure” is often acknowledged by this writer.
My approach varies with topics, depending on the topic i may have extensive knowledge or a next to none understanding of the subject. Being flexible with my planning helps me adapt to fully comprehend essay briefs and the specific subject at hand. The flexibility of my planning and shaping makes it difficult to put myself in one category.
I identify most with an architect writer as i use a mixture of note-taking and rough headings to help plan, i like to have solid foundations and framework before i start building. Upon getting the essay brief, i usually like to break down the brief. This involves identifying words or phrases that are unfamiliar or unclear and carrying out research accordingly. As a visual learner, diagrams and lists help isolate important ideas and information from the irrelevant. Practice writing and redrafting is kept to a minimal and presentation often only needs a handful of tweaks. The architect writer develops a central idea to work with through basic planning which is similar to my process.
Reading the student descriptions of their own planning and writing processes helped me identify my own “style” of essay preparation as well as giving me insight into other methods of planning and writing and essay. With this new insight, i can improve my own essay preparation
Creme, Phyllis, and Mary R. Lea. “Reading as Part of Writing.” Writing at University: A Guide for Students. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education, 2008. (71-76) eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 31. Jan. 2016. (See Course Reader)