ERIC Number: ED216349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
How To Make Mulligan Stew: Process and Product Again.
Gorrell, Robert M.
The complexity of the writing process makes it more useful to isolate a variety of processes or parts of processes that can be taught and learned. A narrow view of writing as product leads to a misinterpretation of the process as a definite sequence--prewriting, writing, rewriting--when in fact it is much more recursive. Proper analysis of product directs our attention to the goals of process and to specific parts of process that can be investigated. One view of process is as a combination of analysis and synthesis or an alternation between them; another is as the combination of generalizing and specifying; while a third approach sees the writing process as creating and revealing relationships, both linear and hierarchical. Linear relationships appear in the limited and identifiable linear patterns of prose. Hierarchical relationships, traditionally labeled as being part of organization, are usually discussed in terms of outlines and formulas for paragraphs. This type of analysis of relationships does not provide much practical help for the writer, but the creation of these relationships is the writing process. (JL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (33rd, San Francisco, CA, March 18-20, 1982).