Direct Writing and Quick Revising

Split the time you have available for writing into two. Use the first half to write complete sentences, but not to do fine-tuning. This is the Direct Writing part. Use the second half to do the Quick Revising:
  • Find a suitable order for the sentences (e.g., by numbering them).
  • Add any necessary transitional sentences.
  • Tidy up what you have.
  • The resulting text may be short, but it is a coherent product that is finished. (This technique comes from Elbow 1981, chapters 4 and 5.)

    Elbow, P. (1981). Writing with Power. New York: Oxford University Press.

    (See Phase H)