|Keep that plan handy - or you'll get lost!|
An observation as well, from hours and hours spent invigilating Cambridge exams, is how poorly (if at all) candidates plot out their writing. Time is critical in an examination especially, but skipping the thinking & planning stage is a massive mistake - which writing invisibly illustrates beautifully!
So let's assume we have focused on the writing task and identified:
- The audience - who are we writing to and why?
- The format - is this a letter? an email? a memo? a report? an essay etc?
- The voice - formal or informal? Contractions, abbreviations & emojis going to be suitable?
- Blank paper panic
- allergy to writing joined up ideas
- lack of muscle memory - how often does anybody use a pen these days?
- lack of confidence in vocabulary range, grammatical accuracy, spelling, my own voice
- time stress
- re-reading or editing on the go
- re-thinking the plan
- winging it
- word counting
|Can you see what we just wrote?|
- focus carefully on what they are actually doing & where they are on the paper, physically. This stops day-dreaming dead!
- extra care in writing neatly
- careful adherence & constant referral to the plan - get everything 'in'
- maintain a flow (stopping to do anything else means you lose your place)
- no editing or re-reading
- erasers are out of the equation
- writers 'see' their writing in their heads & concentrate hard to keep it there