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What is Lowry’s Theory of Collaborative Writing?

A lot many researchers and business experts have made studies on the concept of collaborative writing. These experts, based on their studies have come up with many theories related to collaborative writing. Some among such theories is Lowry’s theory. According to this theory, the vocabulary that is being used for writing has to be made common, such that all the writers of the team use the same vocabulary.

When the common vocabulary is not confined it happens that the collaborative writers need to put their efforts and edit the writings in such a manner that all the writings of different writers are in a same style. For this many resources such as time, money and effort is wasted. In light of this the common vocabulary is being designed by the Lowry’s theory. In view of this, different strategies have been developed by Lowry. They are as follows -

  • Single Author Writing
  • Sequential Single Writing
  • Parallel Writing
  • Reactive Writing
  • Mixed Mode Writing

Single Author Writing

The situation where only a single person writes by collecting the writings gathered by all the collaborative writers. Single Author Writing is mostly practiced in the firms which are related to law. It is a usual practice that a team is being formed by the lawyer for incorporating the research and for performing the paperwork, while it is the lawyer who takes the responsibility for writing all the documents.

Sequential Single Writing

As the name goes, the writing is done by the members of the team in a sequence. It implies that a member of the group will take the responsibility and start writing the project. The work of writing is initially divided and shared by all the members of the team. Once the first person finished his part of writing, the document is passed to the second person and then the second person starts his part of writing.

Parallel Writing

As the same implies the members of the team write parallel. The work is being shared among the members of the team and all of the members are made to work on their part of writing simultaneously at the same time.

Parallel writing can be further classified into two different types. One way of parallel writing is where the writing is shared and divided among the members of the team and each member are responsible for their own part of the document. Another way of parallel writing is where each of the team members are assigned different responsibilities such as one of the member taking the responsibility of proofreading, one taking the responsibility of typo-correction, one for vocabulary etc.

Reactive Writing

In this reactive writing, the content of one of the team members is given to other members of the team and are asked to suggest changes, do the required editing, proof-reading etc. It is considered that this practice improves the quality of the document and can have the inputs from different people and thus increases the credibility of the document.

Mixed Mode Writing

When any few of them or all the above styles of writing are practiced, it is known as Mixed Mode writing. For instance, the team members may follow the sequential writing and when the first writer starts his writing, the other members of the team may take up reactive writing on the part of the document that is being written by the first member. Once the writing is completed by the first member, then even they can become either reactive writers for the rest of the team members or can do the proof-reading, vocabulary checking etc.

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