Reflection on a completed piece of writing would allow me to decide if the purpose I started out with has been realized. To take it a step further, consistent practice at reflective writing could result in editing as I write, effectively keeping my writing on track to accomplish the original goal. In fact, employing a ‘cover letter’ style pre-writing exercise might be an idea worth exploring.
Whenever I write, I edit first for typos, unclear sentences and unfulfilled logic, consistent voice and point-of-view and the purpose of the work. That’s as far as my reflection has gone, just the mechanics of it. Reflective writing covers much more and (for me) results in an explosion of ideas. My problem now is; how to capture those ideas and save them for future use?
At this early point in learning how to write, I’m not sure how to develop a pattern of reflection, so my thoughts go immediately to the ‘how and where’. The writer’s website we were required to build may be a convenient place to store reflective writing. When building the few websites I have for friends and non-profits, I like to put an ‘admin’ page that is hidden from navigation to teach the owner or future admin the nuts-and-bolts of each feature of the site. A hidden page on the site would allow easy access to and online backup of my work.
In re-reading the WPA Outcomes Statement, I can’t imagine any of the aspects of composition that are more important than the others. Reflective writing would expose any deficiencies in Rhetorical Knowledge, Critical Thinking, Processes and Conventions. In fact, in reflective writing it would be useful to use the document headings to determine if your work has passed these criteria.