Document Type : State-of-the-art paper

Author

University of Southern Florida, USA

Abstract

Research over the last few decades leads to conclusions that conflict with established practice: We don’t acquire language by study, and we don’t become better writers by writing more. Input counts, not output.  But actual writing can help us solve problems and make us smarter. This happens largely through revision, rereading what we have written and making improvements. As playwright Neil Simon put it, “mediocre writers write, good writers rewrite.”