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Hearing what’s not on the page.

This month’s blog topic on code-switching got me thinking about my current writing project(s) because, on one level, it’s all about code-switching. I don’t mean just knowing the right words to say in different situations. Code-switching is also knowing what not to say and when to not say anything at all. Code-switching is knowing that […]

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Meme all the things

With my master’s thesis deadline creeping forward, I am acutely aware that I start every day like this: And end every day like this: Procrastination is a dirty word to writers, but the looming, incredibly important deadline of a thesis has made my procrastination especially productive.  If I’m not working on my paper, it better […]

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A Writer’s Maze

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An Experimental Method

As a student who came into college with the intention of being a Chemistry major, I have always thought of writing in a quasi-scientific way. Each of my papers is a thought experiment, conducted with language and rhetoric as opposed to chemicals. It begins with a research question (How does this particular text relate to […]

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Writing in Cycles

I kind of wish writing processes had a nice easy metaphor to express the issues which a writer faces, an easy image to conjure so that I could impart upon others how writing works for me.  On one hand, my writing process is slightly less than kosher.  Also, unfortunately, there is no easy metaphor or […]

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My Writing Process in Pictures

For all intents and purposes, my writing process looks like this: Key components to note in this photograph: the frantic, incoherent thoughts written on post-its (indicative of a very tenuous grasp on an actual argument), the large stack of books (more props for emotional support than actual evidence I will incorporate into my paper), high-lighted, […]

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Writing Outside the Margins

I once asked a student writer at the CWE, “Do you dialogue with the text—writing comments, asking questions, taking notes and making observations in the margin?” He answered: “The margins aren’t big enough.” As shown above, the margins have never been big enough for me either. I believe in reading critically, actively marking texts, underlining, […]

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Perfecting Your Writing Process: A Lot of Writing and a Little Dancing

What we think the writing process looks like: What the writing process actually looks like: The writing process is not linear, which I have certainly learned as I’ve continued to compose throughout graduate school. My writing process may begin in a linear fashion, with prewriting and drafting, but as I continue it becomes more jumbled, […]

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Starting in the Margins

My writing process always starts off as a response to someone else’s writing. Whether in the form of piled up post-it notes or illegible marginalia, my first thoughts about a text or an essay topic start as a direct response to what I’m reading. As you can tell, my process is messy and gives me […]

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Spring into… Inaction?

Procrastination seems to be a common theme when “the writing process” is broached, but I think that (at least for me) “procrastination” may actually just be “inaction” (i.e. not actively writing).  However, the truth is that one of the biggest parts of my writing process is not doing any writing at all– so it is […]

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