RE: What are writing skills?

Subject: RE: What are writing skills?
From: Kate Salm <kate_salm -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 05:58:31 -0800 (PST)

What you are asking about is the fundamental processes
relate to writing. What you are asking about is

I've been reading this particular thread with great
interest, and wishing it had occured a year ago when I
was still doing my research on rhetoric. The only
thing I would add to Bonnie's suggestion, which I
enthusiastically concur with, is to also go back and
look at the structure and history of your language.
writing, even structured writing, is more than rules
that define it. it is beliefs about writing, the
evolution of language that has allowed it to become
what it is today, and the movement of the language
towards what it will become. even the guidelines for
structured writing are flowing and changing as the
language itself changes. but to understand language
and its guidelines as they are now you have to see
where they came from and why they came about. The
where they came from is rhetoric, the why they came
about is the history and structure of the language.
When you have knowledge of both you will
(theoretically) be able to see how the two work
together to create the structure of good writing.

Kate Salm
Public Affiars Specialist/Grant Writer/Technical

"The only thing I know absolutly is that life begins
and ends, everything else is just speculation and
conjecture". - Austin, poet laurete of Ball Hall, 2001.

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