Tuesday, July 24, 2007
In the book "Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer," author Roy Peter Clark suggests that writers "draft a mission statement for your work." I think that I'll try that with my 1-L's this fall: jot their writing purpose on a post-it and place it on their computer screens to remind them of their writing task. They could even write mini-statements for the subsections of their memo.
Clark also suggests that mission statements can reflect what the writer wants to learn or try in the writing of the piece, as well as the purpose of the piece in an audience-oriented sense.