The Writing Process
By: Morgan, Brooke, Brianna, Alexis, & Salvatore
Breaking Down the Task
Before you begin writing, it’s a good idea to arrange the times that you are going to write, and make goals for when you should be done with each step in order to finish at the deadline. When you are ready to start writing your rough draft, breakdown your task into what are called, “rhetorical elements”. These are rhetoric events that connect to your writing such as the topic, the style of writing, the audience you're writing to, research, etc. Rhetoric elements should be phrased as a question, such as “What is the audience you are writing to?” or “What experiences that your audience have undergone that might affect their thoughts on this topic?”. Be sure to keep in mind the purpose of your writing, whether it’s to summarize, persuade, respond, observe, etc, mentally layout the style you are going to write in to stay under the correct branch of writing. Once this is complete, simply go with the flow! There’s no need to worry about spelling or grammar. Simply write down whatever comes to mind! In this early stage, there’s no need to fret.
The Why, What for, How, Then, Components, and Making for an Outline
Outlining helps in the process of writing
It helps to keep everything organized
Your writing will appear in a logical form
Presents the connections between ideas
Creates an overview of the writing
Points out different sections and boundaries
To show a relationship in importance
It can help keep track a lot of information and organize a plot
Helps to organize a report or speech it helps people to speak more effectively
Figure out the purpose
Figure out who you are writing to
Create a thesis
Create headings and sub heading
Four Main Components:
Parallelism, if first heading is a verb then second heading
Division, each heading should be divided into either 2 or more than 2 parts
Coordination, Information in heading 1 should have same significance in second heading
Subordination, info in headings should be more of an overview and have general info, while subheadings would be more specific
Making an outline:
Roman Numerals used to represent paragraphs
Capital letters used to represent supporting details
Thesis statement for overall piece
A topic sentence for each paragraph, they should support the main thesis statement
Under the topic sentence for each paragraph list there should be supporting details
Drafting is when you start writing. During this time, you will look back on the notes and plan you thought up previously and build off of that or even edit it and change it. As a person writes, their brain works in an increased speed so the more you write, the more thoughts you come up with.Your brain will delve deeper in the subject matter and see different sides and notice new aspects that could even change what you previously thought about the topic. The drafting process is to get all your thoughts, facts, and details on paper. It’s not supposed to be perfect, its not even supposed to be good, it’s just your thought process put into words and written down. It’s the basic idea of what you want to write out but afterwards the writer will shape it and form it in the way they want it to look in the end.
Drafting takes time and concentration and there might be some words or ideas that are out there, awkward, or don’t work but that will be saved for the revisions. No one will see your drafting so there’s no need to be a perfectionist the first time. And it’s okay to get stuck on a sentence or paragraph. Your attitude affects your thought processes and writing. If you’re bored, then what you write will be boring.Drafting is an important part of writing. Without drafting, writing would lack inspiration, full ideas, and essential facts that complete the story.
Don’t confuse revising with proofreading; They’re two different processes that achieve two different goals. While proofreading is checking spelling a grammar, revising is looking back with a fresh set of eyes and reading your writing critically. Go back to your rhetoric elements you wrote in the first step. Does your writing follow these question? Is your writing balanced? Does it fulfill your thesis? Revising is an essential step in the writing process, so be sure to take your time and really think about how you can make it sound more professional and worthy of an ‘A’. Also, though you can revise as you write, you also need to be sure to come back a couple hours after you finish the rough draft to get a fresh set of eyes. Lastly, question EVERYTHING. Don’t flee from the idea of rewriting much of your essay. If something doesn’t seem right, then fix it! Revising makes the difference between a trashed writing and a successful piece.
Make sure all sentences start with capital letters remember proper nouns have capital letters. Also be sure to be able to make sure that we have the correct punctuation in every sentence thats very important. Basically saying make sure there are not any run on sentences. We have to check and make sure that ALL the words are spelled correctly.Make sure to include quotation marks wherever needed.When completing sentences be sure that they contain a noun and a verb. Last but not least make sure that when completing your project you reread it and use all these editing guidelines.