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My Writing Process_Cox

My Writing Process_Cox

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Published by Theodora Johnson
A narrative that chronicles the changes in my writing process since being a part of the PTW program.
A narrative that chronicles the changes in my writing process since being a part of the PTW program.

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Published by: Theodora Johnson on Jul 10, 2014
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Theodora Johnson Composition Theory Writing Style Dr. Earnest Cox
My Writing Process: From Old to New
s noted in the text Cross Talk in Comp Theory, edited by Victor Villanueva and Kristin L. Arola, the following statement
hat writing is a process sounds pretty
there is a process in getting from
mind to page” (Villanueva 1)
 rings true. There
has to be a systematic way to get what we think, what we’ve read and analyzed, or what we
feel from our minds onto paper. It takes processing to take the thoughts or understandings that we have and to put them into words that incorporate the right diction, the right tone, and the right style to fit the purpose and the audience to whom it is directed. Much of the first portion of the text is made up of theories about the writing process. Theorists such as Sondra Perl, Donald Murray, Linda Flower and John R. Hayes, and Mina P. Shaughnessy share their thoughts about the process of writing, about product, and about audience in the early portions of out text.
As we look into their viewpoints, I’ll also share views about my
thoughts of the writing process as it applies to my own, well, writing. When it comes to my writing process, I am a conundrum. I teach writing, or should say, taught it one way but practice the craft in a different way. The main approach I use when
composing depends on what I’m writing, and why I’m writing
 it. For example, while starting this paper, I am sitting in front of the computer and typing my thoughts as they come to mind and pertain to this topic. There is some processing going on as I decide what theories I want to incorporate into the overall product and how I want to word what I have to say. Other processes
I’m noting
involves the practice
I’m using to put this paper together
. As I sit here, my fingers fly across the keys as fast as the thoughts come into my mind and
Theodora Johnson Composition Theory Writing Style Dr. Earnest Cox
pretty soon, four lines of thought have appeared already. This has not always been my process for composing papers, however. How I write, now, is another stage in my evolution as a writer
from a student writer and creative writer to a writing teacher, back to being a student writer who is becoming a writing specialist. With the help of some experts in the field, we will explore some of these stages. I am pleased with how my process has changed and grown through the years. Even
though I’m battling writer’s block to put this paper together, I can see a marked change in
how I write. When I came back to school as an interim post-baccalaureate student, I tended to use the same processes I had learned as a high school student and had taught students to use while I was a high school English teacher. Once the instructor gave the writing assignment, I pulled these items from my classroom file: a plan page, an outline form, an introduction page form, and paper to
my rough draft. I would sit and walk through this process: First, the plan page:
Topic Subject area 1. ______________________________ Subject area 2. ______________________________ Subject area 3._______________________________ Thesis Statement: ______________________________________________ Introduction:
Theodora Johnson Composition Theory Writing Style Dr. Earnest Cox
I would fill in these components to make sure I would have adequate content to produce a substantial product and to make sure all the content was aligned with the topic. After completing the plan page, I would move on the second step, the outline: The next steps, as I said earlier, would be the rough draft, the revision stage, then the final draft. Although
this process was in line with what Donald Murray says, that “
the writing process itself can be divided into three stages: prewriting, writing, and rewriting
 (Villanueva 4), after going through my old process for a semester, I moved on and incorporated some new strategies that are more conducive with my limited time frame. I still write using the three stages, they are just not so time consuming and rigid. During the prewriting stage now, I just write; I bypass the plan page and the outline stages and start with the drafting stage. While drafting, I dump all the thoughts and research on the page, then I backtrack after each paragraph and read it aloud to make sure it is coherent, stylistic, and grammatically correct.
When I have reached a stage of “completion” of the first/rough
Actor/comedian Chris Rock set off a time-release bomb of rhetoric in communities across America and other parts of the world with his movie/documentary Good Hair. He probably never considered himself to be seen as a rhetorician, but through this movie, he has brought a worldwide view to one of the most controversial ideologies of this country and our culture, and his audience is talking about it. The very title of the
movie was enough to raise the proverbial “kitchens” of many a black woman‟s hairs on the b
ack of her neck.
Commentaries about the movie‟s subject matter that started with an innocent question—“Daddy, why don‟t I have good hair?” from his teary
-eyed daughter 
are showing up in magazines, blogs, Facebook statuses, in hair salons and barber shops.
People are talking about „good‟ hair. What is good hair? Where did the concept of good hair come from? Why is this „golden fleece‟ such an obsessive quest for so many African
-American women? How did it rise to its hegemonic status in the Black community? In his quest to find the answer to these
questions, Mr. Rock has stirred up a hornet‟s nest, but in the midst of all the buzz, did he find an answer for his
daughter and the other daughters of the Diaspora?
THE QUEST FOR GOOD HAIR(weave, lace-front wigs)

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