The Writing Process

Tyler, Tanner, Juliette, Emily W, Alishah, Sarah, Darian

Pre-Writing

Breaking Down the Writing Task

Writing takes time, We all have to keep this in mind.There is a quote that says, “Quality not Quantity.” This quote applies to writing. The length of your essay, story, etc. does not matter, what matters is the quality. One can tell the quality of an assignment reflect the time and forethought you put into the assignment. The more forethought put into an assignment will make one more productive, and will allow the assignment to be organized. How to pre-write for an assignment, Think about the rhetorical question, give your topic an broad view, and try to focus or refine your topic into a concise statement.

Brainstorming

Brainstorming is coming up with ideas from nothing. To start brainstorming you have to write down random things that are associated with the topic to get your brain to start thinking. To start brainstorming from something, keep writing down things that help you come up with more topics for that subject.


Outlining

To start your outline you have to start with your thesis. From this thesis you can start writing topic sentences. Topic sentences are for each paragraph. The topic sentence should support the thesis statement. After you have to write supporting details. These details should should support the topic sentence and the thesis. It should include examples and ideas you want to put into the paragraph.

Drafting

In drafting you're writing about the next steps after you've planned your ideas. While drafting you concentrate organizing your information and developing your topic with enough details to show your purpose. When making your draft you’re making connections and developing new ideas. Drafting helps me think and revise over my ideas; when drafting I look over any things that need to be changed.

Revising

Revision is looking at your paper from a different point of view and to rethink the paper. When you revise you should read it aloud and when you pause then you should get rid of the awkwardness. Revising your paper is really important because reviewing your work to make sure it makes sense. Revision lets you look at your paper critically. When you’re revising its really important to reread it as if you read it for the first time so you can be more critical to your writing process.

Editing

In editing there are a few tips to be able to be a great writer. You need to take a break between writing and re-reading for errors. After writing something you need to take a break from it before you begin to proofread. If you have just finished writing and you start to proofread then you will probably skip over lots of errors that you have made because the what you have just written is still very fresh in your mind so you will already know what you are saying and ignore or skip over the mistakes because you are blinded to them because it is still familiar to you. Once you have taken a nice long break then you can decide how you would like to proofread. Your options are to keep it on your computer and read from there or you can print it out and read it like that. Another trick is to change or alter your document in some way. You can change the font, text size, color, orientation or something to try and make your brain think that it is reading something brand new that it has never seen before so that you can look at it from a whole new perspective. Make sure that when proofreading that you are in a nice and quiet environment that lacks distractions so that you can focus better and improve your work and make it the best that it can be. Try and break up your reading and editing. If you’ve been reading for a long time then you could start to lose focus. Take breaks forget about it and start back up again later. Some of the main places that you can edit your document are content, overall structure, style, and citations. It is really important to focus on these specific subjects within your writing especially if you are short on time. This is one of the most important parts of the writing process because it is about to be published for others to see.

Editing Checklist

  • Check for the use of correct punctuation and quotations are where they are needed

  • Capital letters are where needed(at the beginning of sentences and for proper nouns)

  • Make sure that the sentence structure is correct and that you don't have any run on sentences

  • Make sure everything is spelled correct and that words in your sentences don't look out of place.