How many paragraphs do you see? How long are they?
How would you describe the order in which they appear? Do they become increasingly complex, or less complex, as you read?
Are they descriptive, narrative, persuasive, or expository? How do you know?
How do you connect the paragraphs? What kinds of transitions do you use most often?
Use the Everyday Writer in order to identify the patterns of organization that you typically use (61-82).
Focus on one body paragraph in your paper. Using The Everyday Writer, describe and identify the types of sentences you use most often. How many sentences are compound? Complex? Simple?
Do you see fragments or run-ons? If so, what purpose do they serve?
How would you characterize your own sentences? Long? Short? Breathy? Staccato?
Do you alternate long ones with short ones? If not, why not? If so, why?
What kinds of words do you see? Long ones? Short ones?
Where do they come from? Did you use a thesaurus or dictionary? Do you see "strong verbs" and "concrete nouns?" (ran vs. did run swiss cheese vs. food)