Writing Process

writing process

 

The writing process consist of five steps, but they are not linear. You can move on to the next step, back to a previous one and then on to the next one again.

PREWRITING

Getting your thoughts down on paper – freewrite, brainstorm, outline, notes.

  • Begin with a thought web or word list and brainstorm ideas.
  • Decide on a purpose, audience, format and tone.
  • Think about what you want to say. Then, create a plan to organize your ideas.
  • Select key ideas and questions to get you started.

WRITING (DRAFTING)

Putting your ideas and thoughts together – sentences and paragraphs.

  • Write your ideas in order and choose one or more to start your writing.
  • Write out the details with concern for the ideas – you will make improvements later.
  • Use your choices to develop a main idea, supporting details and the body of your writing.

REWRITE (REVISION)

Rewriting or rearranging sentences to make sense – making it all come together.

  • Revise your first draft with a partner, paying attention to vocabulary, content and organization, the details that you need to change, add, move or remove.
  • Rearrange words and sentences to clarify the meaning. Be sure to add descriptive words and details.

PROOFREAD (EDITING)

Correcting grammar and punctuation.

  • Check for complete sentences, proper spelling and correct grammar.
  • Reread, or have someone else read, your writing to be sure it is interesting and makes sense.

PUBLISH

Sharing your work with others – final copy and presenting

  • Prepare a final, edited draft of the writing.
  • Choose a form in which to present your writing and share it with others.
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