The joys of writing!
I’m starting a series of quotes from students regarding technical writing.
“Well crafted work increases effectiveness of communication, allowing projects to be completed with efficiency, which will bring an organization more business.”
[And I might add, helps increase the student’s overall grade and learning 🙂 ]
“By simply having a writing process, writing flows – rather than having to wait around for inspiration.”
These were stated by Jeff Thomas, SLCC Tech Writing 2100 class, Fall 2011.
I have a long-standing “friendly” disagreement with students about their “best” work. They say that they do their best work when they are pushing a deadline – usually the 3 am shift of the project that’s due in five hours.
I call that the freewrite, and of course they feel the inspiration flow – that’s the power of the freewrite! That’s why writing is so addictive to authors.
What these students are missing is the power that comes from the crafting. To take those brilliant ideas in embryo and then give them flesh. The organization. The structure. The time to rewrite and make it even better. An Engineer would never sketch out an idea for a bridge and call it good. He/she would take the time to make sure that the project would hold up under the conditions of the real world.
Similarly, a writer, especially a technical writer must have time to make sure that the document’s structure (ideas, proposals, tenants, postulations, etc.) are sound. Good writing, writing that brings thought, wonder, change, or to quote my student “brings more business” takes time. It takes hard work. It takes lots and lots of revision.
That kind of work (the last-minute, rough-draft kind of work) may “get you through” classes, but it won’t work in the business world. A better way to approach college writing assignments is to practice the methods now so that one will have the ability to do when the real deadlines begin.