What is Composing?
Composing is the act of writing—the act of making meaning.
- the moment your thoughts and feelings find symbolic expression in some sort of language (e.g., alphabetical, visual , and quantitative language)
- a way of thinking, a way of problem solving
- a subject of study, an interdisciplinary academic discipline (see Writing Studies).
brainstorm, compose, outline, draft, write, create
Composing & the Body
Composing is an organic, creative process. We feel composing in our bodies as a form of felt sense.
Writers, speakers, and knowledge workers . . . talk about listening to their inner speech when trying to make composing decisions.
Composing & the Mind
Composing is an act of reasoning:
Writers engage in
Composing & Social, Semiotic, Rhetorical, Processes
Composing is a social process. We are members of discourse communities. Tacitly, we learn the vocabulary, jargon, diction, the syntax, the grammar of the communities we interact with. Even if we are not conscious of it, we take the temperature in the room before we speak. In other words, we consider the existing tone. We look at the personas and voice of the works of people who are publishing on the topic; the archive. We notice the research methodologies and epistemologies that inform research and scholarship on the topic.
As we move across boundaries of discourse communities, without even being conscious we are doing it, we engage in code switching behaviors. We adjust our diction, voice, tone, persona, our methods of argument, our syntax. We shape our content, our style, in response to our audience and purpose.
Our focus is invariably on our audience. Rhetorical analysis helps us know what we know what we need to say. And that might involve mapping our research plan or research protocol as well. how well we believe it will best meet the needs of our in relation to our, our aim for responding to the exigency, the call to write.
Writers engage in rhetorical analysis when they face an exigency, a call to write. To achieve clarity and persuasiveness in communications, Writers adjust their writing style. For example, in formal circumstances, they hold back on personal expression, informal syntax, vague language.
- rhetorical analysis
- rhetorical reasoning
- they engage in rhetorical reasoning to determine the best way to respond to an exigency, a call for discourse
- they use evidence and information literacy practices to explore knowledge claims surrounding the topic related scholarly conversations
Composing & Media
The media writers employ have particular constraints and affordances, and consequences.
Composing & Intrapersonal Competencies
Composing requires intrapersonal competencies. Writers need to open their minds, adopt a growth mindset, and practice self-regulation in order to listen and understand the point of view of their audience.
Composing & Models of Composing
Investigators in Writing Studies study how people compose in different rhetorical contexts, at different historical periods. This work leads to theories about models of composing, creativity and writing development.
- NCTE Position Statement. Understanding and Teaching Writing: Guiding Principles. 11/14/2018