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The Writing Process: An Overview

Writing is a complex process. Writers work in a variety of ways. Writing is recursive, meaning that several processes occur at the same time and overlap. But traditional teachers of writing outlined several steps that are still worth referring to. These steps are not separate stages, but parts of a continuum.

Follow these steps in writing your first paper. In future papers you can vary your method and develop your own pattern of writing. Whatever method you use in writing, your goal is to write effectively and efficiently. If you develop some good working habits, writing will take less time and be less burdensome.

1 PLAN
define the topic
develop main ideas
consider your audience
select supporting material
organize ideas
2 WRITE
write as much as possible without stopping
3 COOL
set your writing aside and engage in other activities to clear your
mind so you can return to your writing objectively
4 REVISE
review the assignment
examine your draft against your plan
rewrite to achieve your goals and eliminate errors
5 EDIT
put the draft into final form
make sure the paper follows the assignment
check for mechanical errors
6 READ YOUR PAPER ALOUD FOR A FINAL CHECK


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From The Sundance Reader, Third Edition, Web Site by Mark Connelly.