4-WritingProcess - The Writing Process THE WRITING PROCESS An effective letter or memo does not simply appear on your paper or computer screen

4-WritingProcess - The Writing Process THE WRITING...

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The Writing Process THE WRITING PROCESS An effective letter or memo does not simply appear on your paper or computer screen. Instead, it begins to take shape when you think carefully about the situation in which you must write, when you define your purpose for writing. It continues to develop as you consider your reader, the information you must communicate, and the way in which you plan to present that information. Finally, a document that communicates clearly is the result of good writing and good rewriting; you can usually improve anything you have written. This document represents a process for approaching any writing task. Define Purpose Knowing your purpose for writing is the foundation of any written project. Before you begin writing your memo, letter, or other document, ask yourself the following questions: What am I trying to accomplish? What is my purpose for writing? To request information or products? To respond to a question or request? To persuade someone? To direct someone? Identify Reader As you define your purpose, you will need to develop a good picture of the person who will be reading your document. Ask yourself: Who is my reader?

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