How We Write: Writing as Creative Design

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 224 pages
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How We Write is an accessible guide to the entire writing process, from forming ideas to formatting text. Combining new explanations of creativity with insights into writing as design, it offers a full account of the mental, physical and social aspects of writing. How We Write explores: how children learn to write the importance of reflective thinking processes of planning, composing and revising visual design of text cultural influences on writing global hypertext and the future of collaborative and on-line writing. By referring to a wealth of examples from writers such as Umberto Eco, Terry Pratchett and Ian Fleming, How We Write ultimately teaches us how to control and extend our own writing abilities. How We Write will be of value to students and teachers of language and psychology, professional and aspiring writers, and anyone interested in this familiar yet complex activity.
 

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Contents

Becoming a writer
13
Constraint and creativity
37
Writing as design
55
Chapters Planning
74
Composing
90
Chapters Being a writer
112
influence writing apprehension and writing performance
123
Writing images
129
Messages in bottles and cultures
153
manmade objects to leave the Solar system
154
Writing together
168
Media slip dynatext hypermedia and the docuverse
187
Notes
206
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