Tinkering Through the Writing Process
Reluctant writers often tell me that they struggle to generate ideas. Adept writers often tell me that they have too many ideas and that they are unable to contain or organize them.
Reluctant writers often tell me that they are uncertain where to begin improving their drafts, and when others provide insight, they’re uncertain how to attend to the feedback they receive. Adept writers often draft at length, eventually overwhelming themselves with the enormity of the revision process that follows. Too often, they abandon their drafts rather than revising them.
Reluctant writers often wait for direction before they begin drafting or revising. Adept writers are quick to invest in their initial ideas, and they struggle to gain satisfaction from the revision process. They are often perfectionists who aim to get things right the first time.
These are a small handful of the dilemmas I face as a teacher of writing.
Over time, tinkering has provided solutions.
This is how we do it.
Let me know if it helps you or your students.
Let me know how you approach it differently.