The Writing Process

The writing process is something that no two people do the same way. There is no "right way" or "wrong way" to write. It can be a very messy and fluid process, and the following is only a representation of commonly used steps.

STEPS OF THE WRITING PROCESS

STEP1: PREWRITING
      THINK AND DECIDE
  Make sure you understand your assignment. See Research Papers or Essays
  Decide on a topic to write about. See Narrow your Topic
  Consider who will read your work. See Audience and Voice
  Brainstorm ideas about the subject. See Prewriting Strategies

STEP 2: RESEARCH (IF NEEDED)
      SEARCH
  List places where you can find information. See Doing Research
  Do your research. See Evaluating Sources and Primary vs. Secondary Sources
  Make an Outline to help organize your research. See Outlines

STEP 3: DRAFTING
      WRITE
  Put the information you researched into your own words. See Paraphrase and Summary
  Write sentences and paragraphs even if they are not perfect.
  Read what you have written and judge if it says what you mean. See Thesis Statements
  Write some more. See Incorporating References
  Read it again.
  Write some more.
  Read it again.
  Write until you have said everything you want to say about the topic.

STEP 4: REVISING
      MAKE IT BETTER
  Read what you have written again. See Revising Content and Revising Organization
  Rearrange words, sentences or paragraphs.
  Take out or add parts.
  Do more research if you think you should.
  Replace overused or unclear words.
  Read your writing aloud to be sure it flows smoothly.

STEP 5: EDITING AND PROOFREADING
      MAKE IT CORRECT
  Be sure all sentences are complete. See Editing and Proofreading
  Correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
  Change words that are not used correctly or are unclear.
  Make sure you are using the appropriate Style formatting.
    See: http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/resdoc5e/index.htm for examples
  Have someone else check your work.

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Revised: 07/11


1Adapted from The five steps of the writing process. lewis.cpsb.org

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