Step 1: PREWRITING (Think)Decide on a topic to write about. List places where you can research information.
Once you have an idea, you need to expand on it. Don’t make the mistake of jumping straight into your writing – you’ll end up with a badly structured piece.A.) Free writing - Open a new documentor start a new page, and writeeverything that comes into your headabout your chosen topic. Don’t stop toedit, even if you make mistakes.B.) Brain storming - Write the idea ortopic in the center of your page. Jotdown ideas that arise from it – sub-topics or directions you could take withthe article.
decide which ideas you’ll use. Duringyour free writing and brainstorming,you’ll have come up with lots ofthoughts. Some belong in this piece ofwriting
Step 2: Drafting (Write)This is a normal part of the writingprocess – no-one gets it right first time.Some things that many writers findhelpful when working on the first draftinclude:
it’s hard to establish a writing flow if you’re just snatching a few minutes here and there.a library or coffee shopcan work well, if you don’thave anywhere quiet towrite at home. if you write your first draft onto a computer, you might find that turning off your Internet connection does wonders for your concentration levels! When I’m writing fiction, I like to use the free program Dark Room (you can find more about it on our collection of writing software).
Step 3: Revising (Make it Better)Revising your work is about making “bigpicture” changes. You might remove wholesections, rewrite entire paragraphs, andadd in information which you’ve realized thereader will need. Everyone needs to revise
look for ideas which you didn’t use.Rearrange words or sentences. Removing and you need to take out a few paragraphs or words.Replace overused or unclear words.
Step 4: EDITING or Proofreading (Make it Correct)distinct from revision, and needs to bedone after revising. Make sure thateach sentence, phrase and word is asstrong as possible.
Have you used the in one sentence or same word too paragraph? Use a thesaurus to find many times ? alternatives.Rewrite them to Are any of yourmake your thoughts sentences hard toclear. understand? Which words could Words like “just” “quite”, “very”, you cut to make a “really” and sentence stronger? “generally” can often be removed.
Keep a careful look out forAre your sentences problems like subject-verb grammatically agreement and staying correct? consistent in your use of the past, present or future tense.Don’t trust your spell-checker – it won’t pick up Is everything speltevery mistake. Proofread correctly?as many times asnecessary. Commas often cause Have you used difficulties. You might want to check out the punctuation marks Daily Writing Tips articles correctly? on punctuation.
Step 5: Publishing (Share the Finish Product)Nothing that you write is wasted,because it all contributes to your growthas a writer.
Read your writing aloud to a group. Put your writing on display.Congratulate yourself on a job well done!