Richards & Miller Doing Academic Writing: Seeing Ourselves as Writers
Richards, J. C. & Miller, S. K. (2005). Doing academic writing in education: Connecting the personal and the professional. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Chapter 1: Seeing Ourselves as Writers: A Process of Personal Discovery
• Most people don't see authors write. The process seems mysterious.
• Getting to Know Us
o Response and feedback and critical.
• Becoming a Writer
o Early Writing Experiences
• Some Teachers May Take Too Much Control of Students' Writing
o "Writing in a stiff, academic language results not only in loss of students' personae, but it robs them of their voice (p. 6)."
o Our positive and negative experiences with writing in childhood travel with us to adulthood.
o Personal voice in writing must be cultivated and not stifled because it creates trust and establishes credibility with the reader.
• Teachers Can Make a Positive Difference
• Finding Support for Your Writing Efforts
o Mentors play a key role when supporting their developing writers. Their roles are more layered and complex than originally thought.
o "Your writing is your property and it is a representation of your thinking. You should feel free to reject or accept suggestions from others (p. 10)."
• Participating in a Writing Group
o Writers should not be isolated; they need the support and feedback of others.
• Behaving Like a Writer
o Writers must write often, even daily, in order to improve their craft.
• A Preferred Time and Place for Writing
o Each writer is unique. S/he has time, places, and habits that work or don't work for him/her.
• Identifying Our Individual Styles of Composing
o Heavy Planners
• Heavy planners plan intensively before they write. They plan constantly.
o Heavy Revisers
• Heavy revisers revise constantly. They are perfectionists who struggle with letting go of a piece.
o Sequential Composers
• Sequential composers enjoy and thrive on the linear process of writing. It provides order and structure.
• Procrastinators exhibit avoidance behaviors in order to write. They also thrive under the pressures of deadlines.
• They procrastinate for different reasons. For some, it is a lack of confidence. For others, it is too much to do in their personal and professional lives that they can't get everything accomplished.
o Discovery Drafters
• Discover drafters just write and discover their ideas through their free-writing.
• Understanding How Academic Writing Connects to Our Personal Selves