By Jean Mason: "New technologies are creating new writing experiences. This transformation challenges educators in general and writing instructors in particular, as technological innovations force us to reframe our roles and points of reference. Hyperwriters epitomize this challenge as they struggle to master a new process that includes electronic links, visual images, sound, animation, and other forms of data within a single digitized writing space. We need new process models to help us rethink and adapt our understanding of writing and its instruction.
This "article" presents a selected portion of the findings of a two year study. Data was collected from a purposive sample of writers in the form of interviews, observations, correspondence, journals, and artifacts. A significant portion of that data was collected over the Internet using asynchronous and synchronous communication. The subsequent analysis and interpretation of that data offer new insight into how the writing process is affected in the unprecedented hypertextual writing space. Interpretations, implications, and speculations are framed within communication, writing, and hypertext theories. A new process model is presented."