Lesson 4: Understanding the Writing Process In the previous lesson you learned about the research process. This lesson extends that process to involve all aspects of writing. That is, the lesson covers the full process that workplace writers typically undertake as they are working on a piece of technical communication. Research is one phase of this process, but there are also other important phases. You’ve already been planning and drafting your Internet Resource Guide; this week you’ll focus on revising, editing, and proofreading. The tools Markel discusses should help you in this process. Although much of the advice in this chapter is covered in first-year writing courses, most people need a refresher about the stages of the writing process. In fact, many technical communicators simply have not worked out procedures for writing effectively and efficiently. Too often, they work in an ad hoc fashion, which can waste time and energy. This chapter discusses the basic phases of the writing process: planning, drafting, revising, editing, and
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