Writing Better Essays - A Rhetorical Guide to Writing and Revision (Second International Edition) - David L. Rogers

Writing Better Essays - A Rhetorical Guide to Writing and Revision (Second International Edition) - David L. Rogers

Preparing, Creating, and Structuring Your First Draft

Writing Better Essays - A Rhetorical Guide to Writing and Revision (Second International Edition) - David L. Rogers

David L. Rogers [+-]
Kingston University, London
David L. Rogers is Emeritus Senior Fellow at Kingston University, London, having previously been Head of the School of Humanities at Kingston and Director of the Kingston Writing School. He taught English and American literature, essay writing, composition and grammar, rhetoric, creative writing and journalism in universities in the US and the UK for over thirty years and ran the annual Athens International Creative Writing Summer School in partnership with the British Council between 2012-2019.

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Chapter 1 sets out the first five easy-to-follow stages for the writing and editing process that the book encourages students to adopt or to adapt to their own taste. These stages include 1) a stage of constructive procrastination; 2) an enhanced version of a timed and immersive freewriting stage that the book refers to as “research generated writing;” 3) a planning stage; and 4) an untimed drafting stage in which students again immerse themselves in their act of writing, although not as fully as before, and once more allowing themselves to follow the flow of their thoughts, never worrying when they stray from their initial plan, never stopping too long to consider what they have written or how they have expressed themselves; and 5) an initial revision stage in which they enact a simple cut and paste to make the structure of their draft, which will typically be linear, circular and repetitive. An exercise accompanies each stage. When students have completed all five exercises, they will be ready to begin to revise the paragraphs comprising the body of their draft, most if not all of which will almost certainly be underdeveloped and overly general, using the knowledge of the structures of two main types of paragraphs they will learn about in Chapter 2 and the techniques and strategies for developing coherence explained and illustrated in Chapters 3-5.

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Rogers, David. Preparing, Creating, and Structuring Your First Draft. Writing Better Essays - A Rhetorical Guide to Writing and Revision (Second International Edition). Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 32-57 Feb 2024. ISBN 9781781798348. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36964. Date accessed: 21 Feb 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36964. Feb 2024

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