Writing Process Animation

hey I'm Jonathan I'm going to show you how I write a blog and show you some strategies that you can use to improve your writing before we begin I want to emphasize something really fundamentally important to becoming a better writer writing is a skill and therefore it can be improved it's common misconception that writing is a gift and it's easy to see why usually we only see a finished product a great blog a brilliant novel we don't see the hours and hours of effort that were put into them good writers use strategies to help them achieve success I'll show you a number of useful strategies but it's up to you to make use of them like any skill improving your writing takes time and practice as much as I'd love for you watch this video and be magically transformed into a brilliant writer it's not going to happen but the good news is if you put in the effort and believe in yourself with patience and persistence you'll improve your writing and that really is great news because writing is such a valuable skill regardless of what career you choose to pursue writing is a primary form of communication with your co-workers bosses clients I mean I was a programmer not a job usually associated with writing and I was constantly writing design plans test plans bug reports professional emails taking the time to develop your writing skills is time well-spent great writing can help you win awards get jobs and advance your career great so now we've established two things writing is a skill that can be improved and there's value in writing this particular assignment is to write a blog but the strategies I'm going to show you are applicable to all sorts of writing and other activities so let's do it before I start working I always do two things get comfortable and reduce distractions writing is a slow process that requires concentration so I change into my comfiest clothes go to a quiet place where I won't get interrupted and shut off anything that might distract me tea bees and phones our productivity and quality writing killers instead of getting my head into what I'm writing I'm constantly texting and emailing facebooking tweeting glancing at the TV so I just shut them all off and I mentally prepare to write research shows that students have the lowest confidence in their ability to concentrate when there are distractions around okay I'm comfortable I'm in quiet place without distractions it's go time step one plan my writing amateur writers often skip this step which is a big mistake researchers have found that the quality of writing assignments is determined more by the amount of planning done than by the number of revisions completed planning involves three things making a timeline selecting a topic and creating an outline for my blog to make a timeline I break apart the test of writing a blog into four stages planning research writing and revision there are a lot of tools that you can use to help you create your timeline but I like to keep it simple I use a calendar in a text document the calendar helps me visualize my deadlines the text document helps me set my goals and monitor my progress the tools not the important part here is the act of writing it down and planning your work that matters so first I write down the due date next I know I need a day to revise my draft so I set the previous day as the due date for my final draft I always give myself a minimum of one night's sleep after finishing my draft to revise it next I need to set myself deadlines for the other stages so planning I'll do it today research is where I find my sources and make my notes and start to fill in my outline research always takes me longer than I think it will so I'll start today and I'll aim to have most of it done by the end of tomorrow the third stage of writing my blog is writing a draft which is the longest stage I'll live to have a draft completed by the end of the next day at this point I've got a rough timeline I'm going to do my best to stick to it or even get ahead of schedule when you first start planning it's hard to make accurate estimates people tend to always underestimate how long things take I'm going to write down my progress as I go so that I can make better estimates going forward the next thing I do is I write down the goals for my writing do this the goals I set are going to be short-term concrete and challenging it's important to set goals that are difficult but achievable if I select goals that are too easy then I'm not motivated toward towards them and I won't improve but on the other hand if my goals are unrealistic I'm setting myself up for failure or I'll feel overwhelmed and I won't even try okay I'm going to set goals for each stage for planning I'm to select a topic I find interesting and create an outline for my paper before I start writing for research I'm going to find five high quality sources and take notes while reading putting them in the appropriate sections of my outline for writing I'm going to write an engaging introduction have at least three subsections and write a strong concluding paragraph that ties together my blog entry setting goals and writing them down is essential because it gives me something to work toward and allows me to monitor my progress okay take a minute pause the video and set your own goals okay I'm comfortable I'm in a good working space I have a time line and I've written down my goals now it's time to pick a topic because you can pick your own topic you have an opportunity here to explore something that you're actually interested in so take advantage writing is so much more than just knowledge telling where you talk about what you already know it's about research and learning sharing your thoughts and ideas if you're passionate about your topic it's going to come across in your writing brainstorming time before I start I do something really really important under my planning goal I write down my starting time I'll focus on my interests and the themes in the course and try to find ways to connect them I'm interested in music cycling and politics four-course themes I'll go through the textbook and course website and find ones that interest me privacy freedom of speech and intellectual property okay how can I connect these let's start with music I stream music online using Grooveshark I have tons of questions about intellectual property like how's this even legal how do the bands get paid they collect royalties how do the songs get uploaded does an artist can I take my songs down what are my rights as a listener or as an artist what effect are sites like this having on the music industry basically I brainstorm until I've got a topic that I'm interested in that's related to the course and this contemporary Grooveshark and intellectual property fits the bill but if it didn't I'd keep brainstorming until I topic that works for me another strategy I use sometimes is to read the news and see if there are topics related to the course that I could write about for example before the election there was tons of news coverage about the digital platforms of the different political parties or I could learn more about WikiLeaks it's always in the add lines using the news as a starting point I'd brainstorm the same way that is above after I've got my topic I update my time sheet for now I'll take these ideas and make a rough outline for my post the outline is what guides my research in my blog the better my outline the better my blog will be research shows that students who have formalized organized deadlines produce the highest quality work first alright on the topic Grooveshark and intellectual property this isn't going to be the title I blog I'll come up with that later but for now remembering my goal of having at least three subheadings in my post I refer to my brainstorming session and come up with some possible headings now this list didn't just magically appear what you didn't see is the humming and hawing writing and revising I did off-camera there was no magic just persist an effort but that effort paid off and now I have a rough sketch of my post it's probably going to get updated as I go but it'll guide my research which is the next step in the process notice that I haven't said anything about my introduction or conclusion yet how can I write my introduction when I don't even know what my finished paper is going to look like it's usually the last thing that I write so before I start my research I'm going to go back to my time sheet and write down my progress writing down when I worked and what I worked on is one of the best ways to get things done because it holds me accountable I also write down distractions like texting and YouTube as well as my work environment so that I can realize how I work in different conditions okay on to the research I'm not going to bore you and make you watch me do my research but I'll give you some pointers you can start at Wikipedia but don't try to write a Wikipedia article Wikipedia is for knowledge telling in your blog you should try and synthesize information give your own thoughts on what you've researched also don't repeatedly link to Wikipedia it's a common mistake and shows a lack of research step head to the source for me I'll go to the Grooveshark website and dig around there for information later if I need to know about copyright law in Canada I'll just look up the bill google it make sure your sources are credible and of high quality a good question to ask yourself is does the content of this site pass by an editor before I read it if so it's probably high quality source if not how can you establish that the author has any credibility are they a professional are they respected in their field take good notes as I research I'm making notes in the various sections of my outline including the source of the information I also update my outline is necessary because as I get more information I have more ideas and more questions and the focus with my blog becomes sharper ok I've finished the large chunk of my research I've got my sources I've made detailed notes under each section and I've been monitoring my progress towards my goals next I have to write my draft like I said before I'm going to fill in the bulk of my post before I write my introduction and conclusion because I need to know what my post is about before I can write them so section by section I write my draft again to prevent extreme boredom I'm not going to make you watch me write my draft but I'll tell you roughly what I do I start by setting goals for each section next I read over all the notes I have in each section and I start to rearrange them and write sentences often I have a hard time making sentences flow when this happens I just force myself to write something down because I know this is only a draft and I'm going to come back and revise it later now you might think I'm crazy but the whole time I'm doing this I'm talking to myself out loud asking myself questions and giving myself encouragement we can convince ourselves of anything and you should choose to convince yourself that you can instead of you can't that might be the most important thing in this entire video finally while I'm writing I'm constant monitoring my progress I read them the time what I worked on time I spent off task distractions and positive evaluations of my progress after I finished the draft of the sections I go back and I read the introduction and conclusion many hours later my first draft is complete after finishing my draft I'm way too attached to it to make any objective revisions so I'm going to sleep on it the next day with a fresh mind i revise my blog revision is much more than just proofreading in fact proofreading is the last step of the revision process I start by looking at my post as a whole does the order make sense if not I rearrange chunks of my text once I'm satisfied with the order I start looking at each of the sections more carefully there are good guidelines you can use to make sure your sections are in good shape like tree and dare I don't have time to discuss them in depth here but they're useful to make sure that each section is structurally sound finally I drill down into the paragraphs and sentences diagnosing problems and operating on the ones that aren't up to snuff once I've identified a problem I can then choose the appropriate course of action after I'm done all of this I go back through and add any supporting materials like pictures charts diagrams and movies to add value to my post I never add things just to add things they have to add value the final step in the process is proofreading I carefully reread my post to make sure I've crossed my T's and dotted my eyes after I'm done I got a friend to read it over and give me critical feedback once I've integrated their feedback I go through and self mark my blog against the rubric and make any final revisions and that's it that's how I write a blog I really hope you found this video helpful and that you take away some useful strategies that you would accord into your writing process work hard and have fun

47 thoughts on “Writing Process Animation

  1. When writing a citation for this should you use his YT user name or the name he stated in the video? (Jonathan)

  2. "After many hours I have my first draft and I am way too attached to it to make any objective revisions." snickers No truer words spoken my friend! 😀 Fun detailed video! I do most of these while constructing my writings but having them organized in a certain order with detailed steps really helps. Thanks!

  3. Hey, I am writing a paper and i need to make a contextual introduction on your video. Would you be able to give me some general info on you

  4. It is not a big mistake just different story needs flow to surprise the journey to better endings i got my author word count…. so themes emotions as description started alot yet now my writing is transformed by God.

  5. I have a question. (Everyone is allowed to answer) What do you mean when you say i have to find information? Which kind of information do i have to find? Btw, thanks for an amazing video, and you are incredible at drawing. KEEP GOING<3

  6. The artist in the video is a female named Lauren Ellis and she is amazingly talented! http://www.laurenellis.ca/#!/

  7. Awesome and great! 🙂 These steps and processes can help improve my writing of poems, short stories, and essays.

  8. excellent video…was looking for information regarding the writting process for an assignment…this helps immensely…thank you

  9. It's just great how he says pro-cess and pro-gress. Like, the progress is going to turn you into a pro. lol.   

    Okay, I'll leave now…

  10. This is for people who can't write. If you want to create an obstacle in the creative process, do what he says.

  11. Was anyone else bummed that he didn't zoom the camera out in the end? It would've been cool to see all the drawings as a whole. The big finished picture. 🙂

  12. So you're the one that brought down Grooveshark ;-; >:( Anyways cool drawing, like the videos like this, good insight also

  13. Hi, I'd like to use the video for an open course I'm putting together but would like to credit you properly. Would it be possible to know the name of the person who created the video? Tx.

  14. This is a wonderful video for getting my students to think about how "real-world" writers use writing process. I would like to add closed captioning to your video to make it accessible to my students. Would you consider setting the video to being open to community captioning? Here is a link with more information about this feature. https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6054623?hl=en

  15. This is such a great video! My students are creating videos on the creative writing process and this is a great kick-off point for them to brainstorm from. Thank you!

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