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Practice makes perfect From learning to tie your shoelaces to learning to ride a bike all the way to driving a car Throughthese experiences I have found this statement that has been repeated somuch to me is true Not only with my self but with artists singersgymnasts swimmers and most importantly even writers Theseprofessionals were not just born perfectly into their talents throughtime they practiced and progressed shaping them into what they are now Through out time there have been studies done on bothunskilled writers and professional writers These researchers werelooking to understand both of these type of writers writing processesResearchers commonly used the think aloud method to study these writersThe think aloud protocol is when a researcher studies a subject whilethey are writing and at the same time has them say everything they arethinking out loud Carol Berkenkotter studied the writing process of Donald Murray a professional writer in his writing environmentanalyzing how a skilled writers process affects their writingThe otherresearcher Sondra Perl studied several unskilled writers in alaboratory setting Although their method of studying these writersallowed them to understand the processes of skilled and unskilledwriters they were not able to fully understand their thoughts Theywere not able to find out what a writer knows about their own writingand how they do it To try to answer the question that they left unresolved Istudied my self by analyzing myself under an hour and instead of sayingmy thoughts out loud I just payed close attention to the way I thoughtIt seems it is more productive and beneficial for one to study their ownwriting habits rather than having someone else study them Someone elsestudying your writing processes would cause too many gaps in the studyitself because they do not know exactly what is
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