Aspects of Writing

A writer can identify and develop ideas for writing by focusing on one or more of the following elements:

  • Exploring or discovering what the writer already knows, feels or believes through techniques such as clustering, listening and free writing (focus on the writer).
  • Looking for dissonance or conflict in the community (focus on the reader).
  • Examining reality through reading or observation (focus on reality).
  • Choosing a form of writing, such as sonnet, personal narrative or conference proposal (focus on the text).

(Paul Kei Matsuda & Tony Silva)


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