TLW 59: Reflective Writing? Let me think about that a minute…

by Robin Lindbeck on September 1, 2011

journaling, writing, learning, T&D, training & development,
Topic: Reflective Writing

 

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Cecelia Munzenmaier November 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm

When you introduce reflective writing, you might find it important to manage expectations. People often think of writing as a product, and they expect products to be judged. They may not have thought of writing as a thinking tool–a way to pull implicit knowledge together and to clarify ideas by making them objective. As William Zinsser says, “Writing is thinking on paper.” The results may be rough and messy, but that doesn’t matter as long as you capture your ideas. If people can remember that reflective writings don’t have to work for anyone but the writer, they might even find themselves writing their way into new ideas.

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Terri Deems November 16, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Thanks for your comments, Cecelia! I like that quote that “writing is thinking on paper.” You make a good point that it can help to point out that reflective writings don’t have to be perfect, that their intention is to be useful to the writer – in whatever form that takes!

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