THINKING ABOUT YOUR WRITING CONTEXT
What assumptions are you making about your role as writer for this piece?
That is, what is the basis for your authority on your subject? What is
your attitude? What is your relationship to your reader(s)? How do you
want to come across?
What is your main purpose or goal in writing? Why will people read your
text? What will your readers be looking for? What other purposes or goals
do you have? How will you convey your purpose(s) to your readers? For example,
how will the purpose(s) affect or determine the way you begin? The type
of language (vocabulary, style, tone) that you use? the amount of detail
that you include?
How much background knowledge about your subject do your readers possess?
How much background do they need? (Why?) Given the purpose of your writing,
what specific information do your readers need to get from your text? Explain
how you've decided to organize that information most effectively for your
readers. As far as you can tell, what are your readers' attitudes toward
your subject? toward the content of your text?
How do you expect your readers to respond to your text? What do you expect
a reader to do, or think, or feel as a result of reading your text? How
do you intend to achieve the effect(s) you want? What are your writing
strategies? Specifically, how will your intended effect (along with considerations
of persona, audience, and purpose) determine:
amount of background/context you give the reader
amount of detail
specific content in each section of your text