chapter  7
18 Pages

Planning, redrafting and dealing with difficulties

Writing is thinking. Few writers (beginners or professionals) actually start their text from a blank page without some kind of planning. The planning facilitates the writing and helps to keep it on track. Redrafting is also essen­ tial if the finished product is to be fit for its intended audience. At text level, the first draft rarely communicates what any writer intends - most writers have to work at writing as a craft. It is hard slog! O f course, we don’t want children to perceive writing as a hard slog, but we do want them to take a pride in their achievements and to appreciate the importance of redrafting when it matters. Having gone through the complexities of writ­ ing fiction and non-fiction, we can also understand why some children struggle to write anything at all.