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The Writing Process. Making Writing Manageable . Stages of the Writing Process. Prewriting Outlining Drafting Revising & Editing. Prewriting. What is Prewriting? Stage where you record your theoretical thoughts into more tangible ideas Benefits of Prewriting: Gets ideas flowing

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the writing process

The Writing Process

Making Writing Manageable

stages of the writing process
Stages of the Writing Process
  • Prewriting
  • Outlining
  • Drafting
  • Revising & Editing
prewriting
Prewriting
  • What is Prewriting?
    • Stage where you record your theoretical thoughts into more tangible ideas
  • Benefits of Prewriting:
    • Gets ideas flowing
    • Generates new ideas
    • Narrows your topic
prewriting strategies
Prewriting Strategies
  • Use experience and observations based on subjects you are familiar with.
  • Freewrite to get down thoughts and ideas. Write for 10-15 minutes.
  • Read after choosing a topic. Gather different perspectives. Figure out your point-of-view.
  • Ask questions: Who? What? Why? How? This will assist in determining your purpose and audience.

Reference: McLean, S. (2011). Writing for Success (1st ed.) Irving, NY: Flat World Knowledge, Inc.

(pg.227-231) retrieved 12/04/2011

more prewriting tools
More Prewriting Tools
  • After choosing a topic, ask yourself:
    • What is my purpose?
    • Who is my audience?
    • What genre am I writing within?
  • Next, use these tools to narrow your focus:
    • Brainstorming
    • Idea mapping/outlining
    • Researching
outlines
Outlines
  • Outlines are essential to organizing information and ideas
  • Choose outlining strategies that match your learning and writing style
  • Types ofoutlines:
      • Chronological: Arranges ideas according to time
      • Spatial Order: Arranges ideas according to physical characteristics or appearance
      • Order of Importance: Arranges ideas according to significance
drafting
Drafting

Strategies for drafting:

  • Write about the part of your essay you know the most about
  • Take short breaks
  • Be reasonable with your goals
  • Keep in mind your audience and purpose

Basics of a first draft:

  • Introduction
  • Thesis statement
  • Topic sentence for each paragraph
  • Supporting sentences
  • Conclusion (if appropriate)
revising editing
Revising & Editing
  • Revise
    • Take another look at your ideas. Cut, paste, and revise your writing to make it more convincing and clear.
    • Review the assignment handout and rubric. Make sure you are following all of the guidelines.
    • Ask a peer to respond to your work.
    • Visit me during my office hours.
  • Edit
  • Look at how you are expressing your ideas. Proofread and check citations.
  • Read your writing out loud.
  • Visit the writing center!
references
References

McLean, S. (2011). Writing for Success (1st ed.) Irving, NY: Flat World Knowledge, Inc. (pg.227-231) retrieved 12/04/2011

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