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Steps in the Writing ProcessThe business-writing course taught the importance of planning before you write. Planning includesunderstanding the instructions of the assignment, identifying your purpose, analyzing your audience,determining a structure, and choosing an appropriate tone. Once you identify those components, you can startthe writing process. Thewriting processrefers to the steps you take from the moment your pencil hits the paper(or your fingers touch the keyboard) to the time you deliver your final piece of writing to its intended audience.It is important to follow steps in a process rather than just “banging out” a paper in one sitting. Although thesteps may seem tedious at first, as you use them, you may begin to see their value. In the end, you will have amuch better paper.You may see the writing process described in different ways by different authors. The following describes acommon writing process consisting of four steps: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing.Step 1: PrewritingThe first step in the writing process isprewriting, an informal way of writing down initial thoughts about yourwriting subject. There are many different types of prewriting techniques, including the following:Free writing: You know you have to write a paper, but when you sit down to prewrite, nothing comesto mind. The best advice is to just start free writing.Ask yourself the 5ws and 1h:Who?What?When?Where?Why?How?Write about anything you can think of for a period of time (about 10minutes) or to a certain length (perhaps one entire page) to spark the thought process. Connect a word toa previous word or to another word it suggests, or take off on a tangent that comes to mind.Keep at it—without stopping to reread, edit, or judge—even if you have to write the same word repeatedly.Brainstorming: Similar to free writing, brainstorming is more compressed and focused.Thistechnique also involves writing without stopping. The goal is to generate ideas about your assignment’ssubject without any thought to organization. The tricky part is not stopping to correct the paper or totake a break. Just keep writing for the time allotted or until the page is full.

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