We all have our own personal writing process. Some of us, like me, sit down, write a blog, read it over once and then publish it. Others write a post, safe it in drafts, and come back to it repeatedly until they are ready to publish.
Whatever method works for you, you work through some or all of the five steps in the writing process. A writing process is never linear. You can move on to the next step, back to a previous one and then on to the next one again.
Prewriting is the step where you get your thoughts down on paper. You brainstorm your scene or story, write short pieces, or an outline, and make notes. Ways to do your prewriting:
- Begin with a thought-web or a word list and brainstorm your ideas. Make notes.
- Decide on a purpose, your audience, a format and your tone.
- Think about what you want to say. Then, create a plan to organize your ideas.
- Select key ideas and questions to get you started.
In this step you put your ideas and thoughts together into sentences and paragraphs. Things to consider:
- Order your ideas, and choose one or more to start your writing.
- Write your piece in detail, keeping those ideas in mind. Just write, you will make improvements later.
- Make sure you have a main idea around which you center your writing, and details to support that main idea.
Once you have done your writing, it’s time to do the revision and rewriting. You want your sentences to make sense, and your paragraphs to have a logical order. Tips for this step:
- Revise your first draft with a partner. Pay attention to vocabulary, content and organization, the details that you need to change, add, move or remove.
- Rearrange words and sentences to clarify the meaning. Be sure to add descriptive words and details.
- When you can, get feedback from your peers. Of course this is something you would consider with a longer story, not with a blog post.
In this step of the writing process, you apply the changes you identified in the previous step, and correct grammar and punctuation. Remember to:
- Check for complete sentences, proper spelling and correct grammar.
- Reread, or have someone else read, your writing to be sure it’s interesting and makes sense.
Publish your work
Finally it’s time to share your work with others. In this step you prepare a final piece which you either post on your blog, or send to an editor (story submissions).
Writing process: share your tips
Like I said in the beginning, we each have our own writing process. Please feel free to share your tips, either in the comments below, or in our forums. Let’s learn from each other!
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