Writer-based prose verses reader-based prose

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This short handout from the Teaching Associates at Sacremento State University gives a brief overview about what makes reader-based prose different to writer-based prose.

Writer-based prose is often what you will first produce and it is a really great way to start. Your writing is for yourself as you are actually learning new stuff and figuring out what you conclude. You get this all down and it is your first draft. Great! But it will likely be very hard for anyone else to read. That’s not a criticism, it just stems from the difference between writer-based prose and reader-based prose. Most people cannot write reader-based prose on their first draft, so don’t be surprised if you can’t either. Take a look at this handout to see what you will be aiming for as you redraft that first go.

Writer versus Reader-Based Prose
Teaching Associates at Sacremento State University
http://www.csus.edu/englishta/TA/InClassActivities/writer%20vs%20reader%20based%20prose.doc

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