The Writing Process



A collection of activities that lead toward a final written product.

Four important steps in the process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing

Prewriting: brainstorming, questioning, researching information

Drafting: first draft of the paper, putting prewriting onto paper, creation of introduction, body, and beginning of conclusion

Revising: determine whether everything flows nicely, make sure everything is covered throughly

Editing: overlooks paper for correction of grammar and punctuation, perfecting paper for final draft to present

More About Brainstorming

  • Brainstorming is one of the most important aspects of writing.
  • Know when the assignment is due and what your purpose will be
  • Write down everything related to your topic.
  • Make a cluster or web to organize your thoughts.
  • Write freely about dominant ideas in your web.

Writing a Thesis Statement

  • Usually is at the beginning of the paper.
  • Make sure to narrow your focus and create the tone you want.
  • Should only be one or two sentences.
  • Revise your thesis as you go.
  • Make your thesis have a limited, manageable subject.
  • Asks a question that will be answered later in the paper.
  • Establish whether it will be persuasive, informative, or observation.


  • focuses mainly on content
  • doesn't involve focus of punctuation and grammar, just putting ideas onto paper
  • construct the different parts of the paper (intro, body, transitions, etc.)

More about revising:

  • occurs when one takes a look at their paper from a reader’s point of view
  • changes paper and adds perks to make it better
  • can lead to multiple drafts


  • perfect paper
  • overlook to find any errors
  • prepare for presenting
  • make into final draft

Tips for writing

  • Prewrite, revise, write
  • Think about what you're writing
  • Reflect on your writing to improve it
  • Start with a broad view of your topic, and then refine it to more specific points
  • Think about your audience
  • Keep the purpose of your project in mind (are you summarizing, persuading, narrating, evaluating, analyzing, responding, examining, or observing)
  • Don't worry about spelling and grammar until you're editing the final product
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