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The writing process

Learn more about aspects of the writing process to help you stay motivated and on track with your writing.

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Writing for yourself and writing for others

As noted under Setting Goals, writing doesn't happen on command. Between having no idea of where to start and a finished project can exist inspiration, false starts, redirected ideas, and, ideally, lots of productive moments. This section introduces several creative problem-solving strategies intended to prompt reflection, uncover inspiration, and generate ideas about a topic or assignment prompt. The section begins with strategies that are focussed on "writer-based prose", or methods that help you write for and record your thought process for yourself as the primary audience (Flower & Hayes, 1977, p. 459). The second half of this section then shifts the focus to Flower and Hayes' (1977) recommendations for "reader-based prose" (p. 460) and introduces a collection of strategies borrowed from creative forms of expression. 

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Flower, L., & Hayes, J. (1977). Problem-solving strategies and the writing process. College English39(4), 449--461.