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Writing Process

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The steps of writing

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Writing Process

  1. 1. Let’s Get Started WritingGet organized and allow plenty of time to get it right.
  2. 2. First things first Make sure you understand the assignment. I actually had a student ask if I would accept the wrong assignment because he worked hard on it. How long is it supposed to be? Who is the audience? What is the topic? The length may determine the actual topic.
  3. 3. Prewriting How much do you really know about your topic? Have you looked at it closely? Don’t rush to conclusions. Separate facts from opinions Freewriting Brainstorming Clustering Questions:who, what, when, where and how Research Ask questions of others
  4. 4. Writing Once the topic is established decide what you plan to do with it and write a Working Thesis Statement. http://www.tcc.edu/students/resources/writcent/documents/e ssay_devel_docs/thesis_statement.pdf http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/ for help  1.Identify the subject.  2. State a claim, an approach, or an attitude.  3. Suggest the direction of the writing.  4. Set the tone (informative, persuasive, entertaining, or a combination). Just sit down and write the whole essay or section without stopping. Do not stop to check spelling or punctuation. If you are typing on a computer, save it as soon as your name goes on. Set your program to automatically save every 5 minutes. Write more than you think you need This is a draft– let it cool before you move on. Word count= Tools/Word count
  5. 5. Revision The first look should confirm you followed the assignment. Do you have a working thesis? Does it clearly show your goal and support your thesis? Is it properly directed at your audience? Writing is a recursive process not a linear one. Don’t be afraid to throw it, or part of it, out if it does not work. Rewrite
  6. 6. Edit•We do the same steps as revision but a bit more.•Look at spelling– always run a spell check butremember that there are words that sound alike butaren’t.•Check the grammar. Try:http://www.tcc.edu/students/resources/writcent/HANDOUTS/index.htm•http://aliscot.com/bigdog/•http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/
  7. 7. Let’s Move On Peer Review--Narrative Does the paper have a clear focus? Does the paper have a thesis? Is there a clear chronology? Is the verb tense consistent” Are there logical shifts/ transitions? Does it flow well? Detail– enough? Too much? Consistent Point of View? Does it do what the writer wanted it to?

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