The writing process is nonlinear. There is no one right way to conduct the writing process.
Learning to write well is largely a matter of learning how to frame questions. Along with looking for pattern, it is also fruitful to attend to anomalous details—those that seem not to fit the pattern.
Keep answering the question in different ways, letting your answers grow in length as they identify and begin to interpret the significance of telling details. And we remain grateful to Karl Yambert, our original developmental editor, whose insight and patience first brought this book into being.
If the student is late by 10 or more minutes, he or she will be marked absent. Ideas are always the products of assumptions about how best to situate observations in a frame of reference.