Steps in the Writing Process

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Steps in the Writing Process The business-writing course taught the importance of planning before you write. Planning includes understanding 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 start the writing process. The writing process refers 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 the steps may seem tedious at first, as you use them, you may begin to see their value. In the end, you will have a much better paper. You may see the writing process described in different ways by different authors. The following describes a common writing process consisting of four steps: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. Step 1: Prewriting The first step in the writing process is prewriting , an informal way of writing down initial thoughts about your writing 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 comes to mind. The best advice is to just start free writing . Ask yourself the 5 w s and 1 h : Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Write about anything you can think of for a period of time (about 10 minutes) or to a certain length (perhaps one entire page) to spark the thought process. Connect a word to a 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. This technique also involves writing without stopping. The goal is to generate ideas about your assignment’s subject without any thought to organization. The tricky part is not stopping to correct the paper or to take a break. Just keep writing for the time allotted or until the page is full.
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2012 for the course ENG 101 eng 101 taught by Professor Marywebbs during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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