Writing Without Teachers By Peter Elbow Essay

799 Words Aug 15th, 2015 4 Pages
In the quote from Writing Without Teachers, Peter Elbow talks about his ideas on the process of writing. He says, “think of writing as an organic, developmental process in which you start writing at the very beginning – before you know your meaning at all – and encourage your words gradually to change and evolve” (Elbow). Elbow believes that you can’t know what you are going to discuss or to comment on until you are done writing and all of your thoughts finally come together to make sense. He also goes against the idea that writing is only a two-step process, saying that this is the wrong method to go about writing and is a backwards way of thinking. I agree with Elbow’s ideas because this is how I think about the writing process, and is how I write most of the time. I think that this quote also describes how you improve your writing through time. My writing process involves thinking about what the assignment is asking me, and then writing down random bullets of what I might include in my paper. This helps me understand where I could go with the topic and to better organize my mind before I actually start writing everything out. I have gotten better at this over the semester, mainly because of the opinions and thoughts I have developed from reading different articles in class on diverse topics. I have also gotten better at giving a reason for why I have included different points in my papers. In my first paper of the semester I discussed Vershawn Young’s…

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