Are you overwhelmed when faced with a writing project? Simplify the writing process and obtain better results by following these three distinct steps of the writing process: prewriting, writing, and rewriting.
Chunking the process into separate sections will speed up the time spent on task, make it easier to conquer, and improve your content and delivery.
Break the writing process into three different phases—prewriting, writing, and rewriting—and focus on one step at a time. This leads to stronger content, less time on task, reduced stress, and a successful outcome.
Step 1: Prewriting
Think about your topic and purpose, then brainstorm by informally jotting down your ideas so you have a list to choose from. Brainstorm after you have read over the project’s guidelines several times to fully understand the assignment.
Begin prewriting by identifying your thesis (main idea); all of your content should relate to and support your thesis. Stay focused and don’t stray from this main idea! Whether you choose to prewrite by making a list, developing an outline, filling in boxes, creating a web, or coming up with your own prewriting strategy is up to you. Identify the parts of your piece (paragraphs and/ or sections) and what your goal is in each.
Keep reviewing any assignment criteria you may have so you accomplish your goal(s) and include critical elements. If your prewriting addresses all of the project’s demands, you will achieve a successful outcome.
Complete your prewriting by adding notes regarding support, research, facts, and/ or details for each section (along with sources for the information). The topic sentence of each paragraph should align with your thesis. How much a writer decides to include here is personal preference.
Unfortunately, many writers skip the prewriting step entirely, trying to conquer organization, content generation, and final presentation all at once. This clogs the brain with too many tasks, whereas prewriting first frees the mind by creating a plan to follow.
Step 2: Writing
Write your piece using formal sentences and paragraphs. Weave together your prewriting notes, connect your ideas and support, and fill in the blanks. Follow your prewriting and make sure you accomplish the goal of each section or paragraph.
Expand upon and explain your thoughts clearly and thoroughly so the reader knows exactly what you mean; never assume the reader knows what you are presenting.
Insert your research, support, facts, and details (with citations, if necessary) to accomplish your goal. Get it all down on paper, from introduction to conclusion. At this point, just get the content down.
Step 3: Rewriting
Take a break before completing this final step of the writing process for fresh eyes and a clear mind
Read through with a focus on your content. Does it achieve your goal and stay on point? Have you properly cited sources? Rewrite, revise, and delete content as necessary.
Read through it another few times to check your organization, transitions, word choice, and sentence and paragraph structure. Make sure it flows and is easy to read.
Finally, proofread for punctuation, spelling, grammar, and usage errors. If you can, have another person proofread it for you.
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