The relationship to my material effected the composing process because when we were given a topic I would write about something that I knew about. Writing about something that I have first hand experiance about I felt confident in my writing. I feel that since I had personal experiance that the composing process was a little easier then if I was writing about something completely new to me. I was also able to make more catagories during my composign process, leading to more detail.
After writing the first draft, when I got my essays back, is when I would do more research. I would take the comments and change my essay according to what the comments said. At this point, instead of just writing what I knew about my topic I would research specific details and add that to my essay.