Freewrite

  • Before freewriting, reflect on what makes you a good writer. Each of us has strengths and weaknesses as writers, but focusing on what you do well often helps organize your writing around the things that really stand out!

Editing

  • Let's begin by going over some Faculty Pet Peeves!
  • Next, I'd like you to practice an editing technique called "backward reading".
    • To do this, you'll need to read your neighbor's draft, so work with someone you feel comfortable sharing your work with.
    • Start at the end of the draft and read the first complete sentence.
    • Continue working backward through the draft, reading each complete sentence out loud (you don't have to be loud, though).
  • If done thoroughly, this technique will help you avoid errors that your brain would otherwise gloss over when reviewing your work in your head.
  • BIG DEAL ALERT: Original Title!
    • Don't forget to give your Analysis a title that describes your writing!
    • Titles like An Analysis of Ford Prefect are not appropriate, nor is Character Analysis. Especially not Character Analysis!
  • Finally, let's go over a short little handout that is a useful guide for editing on your own.
    • Once you've finished adding what you need to add to your Character Analysis, you'll want to complete the writing process by self-editing. Using this checklist (now and in the future) can help keep you on point!

Reflective Overview

  • One more handout! Let's take a look at the RO rubric!

Homework

  • Finish your Analyses, so that you don't have to rush at the last minute!
  • Once you've finished editing your essays, read over this list to be sure that your essay doesn't stand out as a last-minute job! (Especially if you are aware that you procrastinate! :P )