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Improving Your Writing Process. The Writing Studio at Keiser University 2007. The Writing Process Simplified. Many simplify the writing process into 4 easy steps: 1. Brainstorming/Prewriting Developing ideas; gathering information; organizing 2. Drafting/Writing

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improving your writing process

ImprovingYour Writing Process

The Writing Studio at Keiser University


the writing process simplified
The Writing Process Simplified

Many simplify the writing process into 4 easy steps:

1. Brainstorming/Prewriting

  • Developing ideas; gathering information; organizing

2. Drafting/Writing

  • Writing a first draft; getting ideas down on paper

3. Revising/Rewriting

  • Developing initial ideas; adding and subtracting ideas; refining language

4. Editing/Proofreading

  • Proofreading for grammatical and mechanical errors and mistakes
the writing process reality
1. Brainstorming

2. Writing

3. Revising

4. Editing

5. Drafting

6. Proofreading

7. Prewriting

8. Thinking

9. Writing

10. Editing

11. Revising

12. Writing

13. Thinking

14. Writing

15. Proofreading

16. Drafting

17. Revising

18. And on and on…

The Writing Process Reality


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The Writing Process Reality

For many…

the writing process is


the writing process improved
The Writing Process Improved

How can we improve our writing process?

  • Understand ourselves as writers
  • Better understand assignments/writing tasks
  • Talk with others, get feedback
understanding ourselves as writers
Understanding Ourselves …as Writers
  • ASK: “How do I do my best work as a writer?”

Do you…

… prefer writing in a loud or quiet space?

… need to eat (maybe even something specific)?

… always feel the need to clean before writing?

… like to walk/jog/exercise and think first?

… just like to sit down and go.

  • ASK: “What are my strengths? weaknesses?”
  • ASK: “When I write, what are the first things I do?”
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Understanding Ourselves …as Writers

“Writing Routine”

A “Writing Routine” is a set of practices a writer follows every time she is going to write.

For some people, developing a “writing routine” is an effective way of working through the writing process.

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Understanding Ourselves …as Writers

Developing a “Writing Routine”

Try to determine…

  • what you like to do before you write.
  • the physical space in which you work best.
  • the time of day/night you do your best writing.
  • the types of prewriting exercises that are most effective for you.

Once you determine a good routine, stick with it!

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Understanding Ourselves …as Writers

“Writer’s Inventory”

A Writer’s Inventory can provide a writer with

  • a checklist of items that ought to be addressed in the writing
  • a series of questions that help them understand themselves as writers
  • Try a Writer’s Inventory!
better understanding of writing assignments tasks
Better Understanding ofWriting Assignments/Tasks

Read assignment closely, carefully.

Look closely at every task involved; add tasks to an inventory list.

Break down individual tasks into smaller parts.

Determine how your writing will be evaluated.

What is your instructor looking for in your work?

Find out if there is a rubric you can look at.

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The Rhetorical Triangle

Writer (sender)

Reader (receiver)

Text (message)


It often helps to determine each of these.

Meaning is made when these elements interact.


Better Understanding of Writing Assignments/Tasks
talk with others get feedback
Talk with Others,Get Feedback


  • Asking questions
  • Generating ideas
  • Talking about writing

Research shows that discussing writing with another person helps one grow as a writer!!!

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Talk with Others,Get Feedback
  • Visit the Writing Studio
    • Talk with a trained writing consultant
    • Get immediate feedback
  • Visit the Online Writing Lab
    • Email questions/concerns
    • Review writing resources
works cited
Works Cited

1- Lunsford, Andrea A. and Cheryl Glenn. “Rhetorical Theory and the Teaching of Writing.” On Literacy and Its Teaching. Ed. Gail Hawisher and Anna Sorter. Albany: SUNY P, 1990. 174-89.