Question: How do successful and unsuccessful writers respond to writing assignments?
Answer: “Successful writers use social and academic knowledge to write; unsuccessful writers adopt formulas taught them or invent their own.” SA Gerring. 1990. P. 243.
Comment: Sounds like successful writers focus on content, but already know how to organize their writing. Sounds like unsuccessful writers struggle with the organizational schemes, rather than content. That sounds a bit simplistic. Probably unsuccessful writers struggle not only with organization, but with grammar, spelling and surface problems of writing. They don’t have time to focus on content with these worries on their minds. RayS.
Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” JD Marshall and RK Durst. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1991), 236.