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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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