Day 15: How are you scaffolding your manuscript?

This post is from the 30-day reflective writing series I made for Academic Writing Month (November 2018). For background on the series and links to all the videos, visit this page. To turn on subtitles: On a computer, hover at the bottom of the video window to make the row of icons appear; click on the “settings” icon (which looks like a cog), and select “Subtitles.” On a phone, the “subtitles” icon is in the bottom right corner of the screen.


  • Like structure, scaffolding exists on multiple levels (macro, meso, micro) because it is those parts of your text where you make the argument structure explicit to the reader.

  • There are two types of scaffolding: labels, e.g. titles and headings, and meta-discourse, e.g. introductions, transitions, and conclusions. The intro-body-conclusion structure, with corresponding scaffolding, is seen across all levels of the argument, from the macro argument, to the meso sections, to the individual micro arguments of each paragraph — though we have to be careful in applying this principle lest our writing become bloated with unnecessary explications of relationships.

  • This question of scaffolding is a big one that we could think about every time we sit down to write, so choose an approach to this question that makes the most sense given where you are in your project at this moment. See what insights it yields about how to structure your argument and how to communicate that structure to readers.

Posted on November 14, 2018 and filed under #AcWriMo, reflection questions.