A writing framework for writers of books, articles, blogs..

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I was doing a book review this morning for one of the publishing houses and one of the questions I’ve been asked is to determine a good approach for flow of the book I was reviewing so the reader is not disrupted from reading one chapter to the next.

I’ve put together the graphic above as a framework that I use when I do the reviews especially in the scholar-practice arena. This is one method of many that I employ but I thought of sharing this one and you can tell me what you think (if you end up using it for your own work, do make sure you attribute this to me as 2007 (c) Robin Yap).

The format is four-fold as you can see:
1. What is the theory you are trying to tell me?
2. How can I use this theory in my own practice?
3. What is the learning that I gained from this theory-in-practice activity?
4. What challenges came up after I’ve practiced this theory in real life?

This is a case study format as well and if case studies look like this, I would most likely use it as my own reference. This can also be used for blogging or other forms of writing – try it and let me know what you think.

Now its your turn, what are your thoughts on this model and what modifications do you have, if any, to make this more effective in your own line of work?

3 comments to A writing framework for writers of books, articles, blogs..

  • I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I do not know who you are but certainly you are going to a famous blogger if you aren¡¯t already IMG class=wp-smiley alt=; mytechnwp-includesimagessmiliesicon_wink” Cheers!

  • Thanks Jeffrey. I am suggesting that in writing scholar-practice material, it is important to provide a background of where the main points of discussion are coming from. It is not to say that these are neat little piles but more of an expectation that there are these components to consider in contents of the material.

  • Are you suggesting that a writer consciously consider the theoretical work first and then try to explain to the reader what the theory is without a context / something within practice?