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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.

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.