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The Writing Process
Transcript of The Writing Process
The Writing Process
This is where you ask questions!
Point of view?
Dennis M. Lowery. "Writing - How to Plan & Organize Your Project." Web. Date retrieved: February 15th, 2013. <http://www.dmlowery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19>
Duke University Libraries. "Choosing a Topic". Web. Date retrieved: February 15th, 2013. <http://library.duke.edu/services/instruction/libraryguide/choosing.html>
MAKING AN OUTLINE
This process is essential to ensuring that it is easier to begin writing, to stay on topic, and achieve a better end result.
This is likely the most important and challenging part of the writing process. It is also, unfortunately, often the part most overlooked by would-be writers.
Is your writing clear; will readers be able to understand what you're trying to say?
Proofreading is also very important, but punctuation and grammar mistakes are far easier to find and correct than the things mentioned above.
Run a spell-check; double-check for any homonyms that you may have trouble with.
Read it out loud and backwards.
Does each sentence make sense on its own? Does it have a subject and a predicate?
Did you overuse or under-use punctuation? Did you capitalize correctly?
Get someone else to read and correct it for you.
The Writing Center. "Revising Drafts." Web. Date retrieved: February 15th, 2013. <http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/revising-drafts/>
A.E. Lipkewich. "ABC's of the Writing Process." Last updated: February 17th, 2001. Web. Date retrieved: February 15th, 2013. <http://www.angelfire.com/wi/writingprocess/editing.html>
Readwritethink. "Editing Checklist for Self- and Peer editing." Web. Date retrieved: February 15th, 2013. <http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/printouts/editing-checklist-self-peer-30232.html>
There are three steps to the writing process.
The first step is...
Also known as...
Questions such as...
In other words:
To help you do this you can....
Set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes. Do not pause, do not stop, just write whatever comes to mind, without deleting anything. Then review what you've written, and try to pick out the good ideas.
Pick a key word, image, or small sentence that symbolizes your main idea. Circle it.
Then branch off
List your key ideas
Then your supporting details
You can even connect similar key ideas, if you want
Try to do them as quickly as you can, with minimal deletion
or an outline
This is particularly important
When you're doing things that have a specific template, such as essays or research papers.
Essays have 3 major parts...
* You can also make lists/outlines for stories, and many other kinds of writing, as well. They will look pretty much the same; simply break them off into manageable sections, and list the key ideas that you want to get across in each part.
Once you've planned your writing to your satisfaction, you're ready to go on to the second step...
Joe Landsberger. "Organizing and pre-writing." Web . Date retrieved: February 15th, 2013
What do I already know about my topic?
Is the information recent? Does it have to be recent?
What about my topic do I find the most interesting?
Do I know enough for what I'm going to write?
What information do I feel is critical, and should be focused on?
Do I know anyone who might know something about the topic, or be able to help me find information quickly and reliably?
What kind of medium for information gathering will work best me? Books? Internet? Videos? Newspaper articles?
Am I going to need references? How is the information expected to be referenced?
How much time am I going to have to finish writing? How long is it supposed to be? How much of that time should I spend on research?
Drafting your writing:
A draft is the rough copy of your writing. It's basically going to be a sketch of what your finished copy will look like.
It should be written as quickly as you can. Don't be afraid of writing badly, or making mistakes. This is your opportunity to get the bare bones of your story or essay; you can smooth it out and put the finishing touches on later. Just worry about getting as much as you can down on paper, and the rest will follow.
Once you've finished that, you've come to the last part...
No one writes perfectly on their first try. Good writers are ones who can step back from their writing - maybe take a few days before looking at it again - and ask themselves certain questions:
Is it well organized, and transitions well, or are there parts where your writing changes quickly and without warning?
Does your thesis make sense? Does it still reflect your main idea, and opinion? Is your topic too broad or too narrow?
Does the writing contain all of the necessary elements for your assignment?
Do you stay on topic throughout the entire piece?
State the topic, and your opinion
Explain why the topic is important
State your main points (thesis)
Build upon your points
Make connections to your other points, and to the main idea
Reemphasize main idea
Once you've answered these questions, you can begin to draft your writing