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1 The Flowers Paradigm The Writing Process

2 A Splendid Suggestion... Betty S. Flowers Director, Lyndon B. Johnson Library Former Director of creative writing for the English Department at University of Texas, Austin Bryan A. Garner A Dictionary of Modern American Usage A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage

3 Writing has 4 primary components... 1.Idea 2.Structure 3.Craft 4.Edit

4 The Starting Point Topic Format Purpose Audience

5 The Process The Flowers Paradigm Madman Architect Carpenter Judge

6 The Flowers Paradigm The Madman generates ideas works without inhibition maintains spontaneity believes all things are possible

7 Doing the Madman Thing Capture the ideas when they come.

8 The Flowers Paradigm The Madman spouts spontaneously usually when you least expect it

9 The Flowers Paradigm The Madman spouts spontaneously usually when you least expect it

10 The Flowers Paradigm The Madman spouts spontaneously usually when you least expect it

11 Truth through freewriting? If you write to discover just what the essence of the problem is … be willing to discard everything youve written up to the threshold of discovery. Bryan A. Garner

12 The Flowers Paradigm The Architect creates order from the madmans chaos structures envisions the whole

13 The Architect Your reader should never wonder where youre going – or worse, make assumptions about where youre going. Your direction must be clear.

14 The Flowers Paradigm The Madman invariably interrupts let him run

15 The Flowers Paradigm The Carpenter crafts sentences and paragraphs considers tone and audience makes the logic explicit

16 The Flowers Paradigm The Madman has one more idea... let him run

17 The Flowers Paradigm The Judge nitpicks considers every detail applies rules and signposts

18 The Flowers Paradigm The Madman just thought of something else... stop him cold


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