OBSERVE – This is a bit of a challenge if you are not in a place to observe anyone that is writing, but stretch your imagination and think of a time when you may have seen someone writing a letter or a draft.
Describe the habits of someone who uses writing to conduct business, not necessarily a professional. Then describe how writing works outside of a school scenario.
I worked with a gentleman who recorded his dictation for a letter or presentation prior to having it written. He would listen to it for a few hours, revamping it until it was just how he wished it to sound. I noticed that he tried to keep emotion out of it as it cannot be heard in the written word.
While in school, there are a few subjects that students cannot imagine using once they graduate. Do you remember the challenge of some of them? Explaining, painfully, to your parents and the teacher that it was a stupid course, useless! ? I do. Fortunately for me, writing was not one of them. The fundamental stuff like how to arrange the structure so you kept in proper context was sooo boring, and I do lapse in that aspect of writing. As time went on, I did learn to appreciate what the teachers tapped out on those blackboards. The lessons have served me well over the course of time.
So in their tribute, I post this link to the video To Sir With Love by Lulu .