Final Paper: Describing Your Writing Process

Below is the prompt for the final paper of the semester, an in-class essay written on the day scheduled for final exams. A comprehensive final exam should give you an opportunity to show what you have learned. Since this is a writing course, you should have learned, or at least reinforced what you already knew, about how to be a successful writer. The links following the prompt provide examples of descriptions of writing processes composed by students who have taken this class. Some are literal, step-by-step descriptions of the writers' successful processes or methods, others are metaphorical or analogical descriptions.

Prompt: While everyone goes through the same general phases or stages in producing a written product, we don't necessarily prefer to do them in the same order, at the same rate, using the same equipment or processes, or with the same results. Writing is a uniquely individual act. Think about the writing that you have done this semester and in the past. Your assignment is to write an essay of approximately 500-600 words in which you describe your writing process. You may focus on your writing process in the most general sense and describe it in concrete detail if your process is fairly static; or you may focus on the ways in which your writing process might have changed this semester, given our use of the writing environment; or, if you wish to be more creative, you may describe your process by analogy or in an extended metaphor, comparing it to some other process with which you are closely familiar. So relax, have fun, do well. (You have two hours.)

Step-by-Step Process Descriptions

"The Agonies of Writing: The Path I Choose" by Nigel Burns

"My Unchanging Writing Process" by Leah Hionis

My Process of Writing by Katrina McKeel


Metaphors and Analogies for the Writing Process

"Composing a Seaworthy Vessel" by Jennifer Bagsby

"Does Writing Cause Temporary Schizophrenia?" by Jason Bryan

"The Thinking Tree" by Alana Buzby

"Writing: SuperK-Mart Confusion" by Angie Claud

"Crossing the Finishline With an A Paper" by Kierston George

"Parring an A Paper" by Casey Houston

"The Write Recipe" by Louise Hudgins

"How to Avoid a Real Stomach Problem" by Beth Raschen

"Writing is a Trip to the Fun House" by Sherry Rich

"Writing a Paper: A One-Shot Deal" by Cyndi Young


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