writing myths and avoiding procrastination analytical and rhetorical writing matt barton
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Writing Myths and Avoiding Procrastination Analytical and Rhetorical Writing Matt Barton Slide 2 One Minute Writing #1 Why do some students wait until the last minute to get started on important writing assignments? Slide 3 Writing Myths Many people struggle with writing because they believe destructive myths about the writing process. Writers must overcome these myths if they hope to make progress. Slide 4 Writing Myths Writers Are Born Rather Than Nurtured Gifted Writers Are Overflowing with Ideas Writing Is a Lonely Craft Conducted Best by Introverts Writers Work Best at Their Desks Slide 5 Writing Myths Writers Are Most Critical When They Are Planning and Drafting Truly Skilled Writers Rarely Revise Once Written, the Word Is Final It Is Inappropriate to Use I in Writing Instructors Only Care about Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling Slide 6 One Minute Writing #2 When and where do you feel most comfortable writing? Slide 7 I work best under pressure Many writers claim they work better under pressure. They need to feel the fear of an impending deadline before they are motivated to work. Procrastination is a deadly problem that can cause you to earn low grades and even flunk out of college! Slide 8 Ill do it after I Something always seems to come up that has to be done before the assignment: Ive got to clean up my room just to be able to think straight. Look at this desktopI cant start until I delete those unused icons. Ill check my email, the news, and see what my friends are doing tonight, then Ill start. As soon as Sex and the City goes off, Ill start on the assignment. Slide 9 Understand the Problem Procrastination stems from a negative attitude towards the task at hand. There are so many things Id rather do! That task will be so difficult! I dont want to start suffering until I absolutely have to! Procrastination can also stem from fear or feelings of insecurity: Im just not ready to do that. I need a big block of free time before I can start. I need much more preparation. Slide 10 Adopting Effective Habits Balance Believing with Doubting Write Daily Plan Your Documents Collaborate with Others Use Technology Wisely Slide 11 The Right Attitude How can you quit procrastinating? First, recognize the problem for what it is. Remind yourself about your ultimate goal: Graduation, a good career, personal satisfaction. This assignment is just one small step towards success! I can do it, no problem. I can hang out with my friends anytime; this is something important that I need to do for me. Slide 12 Dream about Success! Be ambitious. Strongly consider and fantasize about the rewards that come from excellent work: What would it be like to really impress my professor and earn an A? Ill write the best essay thats ever been written on this topic! Its time to show people what Im truly capable of doing! My parents will be so proud of me if I do well in this class! Slide 13 Reward Yourself! Promise yourself a treat if you start the assignment and get work done: Its 6:00 now. If I work hard on this and dont quit until 9:00, Ill buy myself a caf mocha. If I get this done, Im going out to enjoy a nice dinner at Chilis. After this, Ill watch the show I recorded. Slide 14 FEAR If all else fails, remind yourself of the awful consequences of failing or not getting the job done! Scare yourself! What if you underestimate how much time it will take and turn it in late? So many people dont make itwhat if I dont? What if you earn a low grade that affects your GPA permanently? What if you lose your scholarships? Your loans? Do you really want to risk being a total loser? Slide 15 Slide 16 Just DO It! There are many reasons to avoid waiting until the last minute to work on an assignment. 1.If something goes wrong, you will have time to fix or work around the problem. 2.You will have more time to check over, proofread, and revise your work. 3.Good writing takes time to perfect. You will have time to go the extra mile and produce something truly special. Slide 17 Benefits of Starting Early Start projects early, even if its just to create a new Word document and insert a heading. Anything you can do now will make your life easier later on. Its much, much easier to continue or finish up an assignment than it is to start. The longer you wait to start, the harder it will be to motivate yourself! Remember, you dont have to do the whole project at once. Just do part of it now. You will be so thankful that this part is done later on, when the due date is approaching. Slide 18 Planning Strategies Try to get as much information as you can about upcoming assignments so you can plan for them. Try to think aheadstart planning projects in your mind long before they are due. Do Baby Steps. Set small goals for yourself and see that theyre accomplished. If you have a big reading assignment, count the number of pages and divide by the total number of days you have before the due date. A 200 page reading assignment is only 28 pages a day! Slide 19 Good Time Management On a sheet of paper, make a list of all of the tasks that need to be done. Break up big tasks into smaller ones. Prioritize this list from most important to least important. Estimate how much time it will take to complete each item. Slide 20 Getting Psyched Dont let people convince you to put off important assignments. Friends dont let friends flunk out of college! Remember: You now have an opportunity to really make something of yourself. Dont blow it! If you catch yourself saying or thinking, I work best under pressure, I can do that tomorrow, I really dont want to do that assignment, and so on, take the time to correct yourselfand JUST DO IT! Slide 21 One-Minute Writing What can you do to overcome the urge to procrastinate?