By Diana Hacker
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C1-b Experiment with ways to explore your subject. Instead of just plunging into a ﬁrst draft, experiment with one or more techniques for exploring your subject: talking and listening, reading and annotating texts, listing, clustering, freewriting, asking questions, keeping a journal, blogging. Whatever technique you turn to, the goal is the same: to generate ideas that will lead you to a question, a problem, or a topic that you want to explore. At this early stage of the writing process, don’t censor yourself.
Sort through the comments you receive with your purpose and audience in mind. You may also want to keep a revision and editing log, a list of the global and sentence-level concerns that come up repeatedly in your reviewers’ comments. When you apply lessons from one assignment to another, comments can help you become a more effective writer. Remember not to take criticism personally. Your readers are responding to your essay, not to you. It may be frustrating to hear that you still have more work to do, but taking feedback seriously — and revising accordingly — will make your essay stronger.
Questionnaires? What kinds of evidence will best serve your subject, purpose, and audience? What sort of documentation style is required: MLA? APA? CMS? Length and document design ■ ■ ■ ■ Do you have any length speciﬁcations? If not, what length seems appropriate, given your subject, purpose, and audience? Does the assignment call for a particular kind of paper: A report? A proposal? An essay? An analysis of data? A reﬂection? Is a particular format required? If so, do you have guidelines to follow or examples to consult?