Every good athlete has a training routine and game-prep process. Every good NFL coach has a plan before the game and does in-game adjustments.
A good writer is no different. Here we will relate a 5-step writing process to what an NFL coach would do
- Revising / Editing / Proof-reading
- Getting Feedback from Readers
What you want to write about and what is unique about your viewpoint.
This is like the coach getting the coaching staff together to brainstorm
the team and the opponent's strengths and weaknesses.Planning:
You want to translate preliminary ideas into an organized outline. This is like the coach drawing up some offensive and defensive schemes - they may or may not be used during the game, but the schemes serve as a repertoire that can be drawn from.Writing:
You want to overcome writers' block - just like NFL players need to overcome their nerves when playing in the Superbowl! Just write = just play football.Revising / Editing / Proof-reading:
Great thing about the post-type-writer era is, you can make changes easily. Keep making changes until you are happy with the result or time runs out. A great coach also has to adjust strategies on the fly during the game.
In addition, realize that there is a tremendous amount of spontaneity involved in writing, just like a coach needs to let the quarterback innovate during the game.Getting Feedback from Readers:
Good writers keep gathering feedback and improve their craft over time. This is like a coach gathering the players after the game to go through wins and losses. It is also like the coach making players watch the game videos afterwards to dissect what could be improved. Your Turn! Relate this 5-step writing process to something you like (e.g. preparing for a baseball match, cooking etc.).Your Answer:Relevance to Common Core:
Across Grades 2 to 12 ELA-Literacy.W.[2-12].5 (Process of Writing)