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My writing process

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Sasha Robichaud

on 18 October 2013

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My personal touch
My writing process

The Literal Brainstorm.
This process includes 3 main steps.
1. Invent
2. Compose
3. Revise
Here are 4 proofreading strategies...
In this prezi, I will both attempt to teach you The most common and effective writing process, as well as my own. Both are very similar and can work for anyone. It is important to have a writing process in order to produce the best work possible.
2. Compose
Thank you for going through my Prezi! Here's a video made by a real blogger explaining his process, which I have found very helpful and interesting.
3. Revise
1. Invent
I do believe that everyone should follow the basics of this process. With that said, everyone should also find the method that works best for them personally.
I like to start my writing process by finding a topic (if it isn't already given) and writing down (ON PAPER!) a few key sentences. These sentences help me put my thoughts and ideas together and usually end up as my thesis, my headers, or my key sentences that really grab the reader further into my text.
1. Ideas and attention grabbers.
These can change or be added during my revision stage.
I want enticing words and word combinations that will grab my readers' attention and "force" them to read on.
2. Research
This is honestly the part I have a love-hate relationship with.
3. Rearrange into an outline
4.a Draft 1
4.b Draft 2
One of the first things you should be doing is preparing a game plan. This plan should include all the free time you have to work on your writing project and when you will choose to do so. You could also call this a timeline of your writing process. Make sure you leave in extra time in case it takes more time then you expected.
The next step would be to ask yourself a few questions such as the following:
Who am I writing this for?
Why am I writing this?
What genre and style would give my text the best effect?
Where can I find reliable resources to conduct my research?
This part should be relatively easy (depending on the subject) you start finding bits and pieces of information and start giving content to your work.
You should start by asking yourself; what does the reader want to know about this subject? What could best captivate or convince my reader?
Next step; brainstorming! In this part, it's okay for your paper to look like a complete mess. You write down ideas as they come. You can freewrite or simply write one word or phrase as a time.
Now that you have your ideas down, you can map or cluster them in order to organize them better. It also gives you a better visual presentation of your brainstorming and you can explore the relationship between your ideas and group them together.
Another neat trick is to keep a journal with you all the time, this way you can jot down ideas whenever they come and you're sure you won't forget about them.
Examples of mind maps
The hard part...
4.c Typed draft
5. peer review
6. Correct, print, "VOIS-LA!"
In this part of my process, I start by using my trusty side-kick; Google! I try my best to avoid sites suck as Wikipedia and aim for reliable sources. I add any interesting information I find to my brainstorm sheet. If I feel that my information is not enough (which is a rare phenomenon) I then head to the library to get help from a good ole book! Sometimes it's absolutely impossible to find good sources to get enough information.
This part is pretty simple. I arrange all the ideas, the pieces of information, and the sentences or freewrited paragraphs into 5 main groups:
Body paragraph 1
Body paragraph 2
Body paragraph 3
I think this is where my method differs most
This is the part that takes the most time. I take all of what I but together in my outline, into the best text I can possibly create. I always make sure to have a thesaurus around because I love using words that maybe no one has ever heard before and it also gives me an opportunity to enrich my vocabulary. Basically, I learn a little every time I write. (Sometimes I even search to find a list of rare, beautiful words and try to incorporate them.) I also prefer to do this longhand.
After re-reading my first draft, I often come up with ideas that I note on the side of my paper with an arrow, I underline words that I should check the spelling for, and scribble and write all over the place. I then take another loose leaf paper and arrange everything neatly, and in its place.
A lot of my personal editing happens when I type up my draft. When I type I often find ways to make my text better or manage to find spelling mistakes I couldn't find earlier. With that said, I couldn't just skip the first two paper drafts because my text ends up dull and lifeless.
I then ask a few friends, other teachers, or my family to read my text and give me constructive criticism and to make sure to check my spelling (I have always been a horrible speller).
Finally, I apply all final corrections, read over my work, re-read it the next day, and print!
In order to start composing, you must first conduct your research and narrow down your topic so that your work is focused and stays relevant and interesting. You then develop and work on a thesis and arrange your ideas into an outline so they are easy to put into text. Your outline should include your introduction, your body, and your conclusion in point form or in short sentences. The final and most difficult step, is to compose your first draft. (Drafting is the process of writing a first version of a text.)
This part is made up of two main steps; review and proofread. Reviewing basically consists of making sure everything is clear, organized, and well structured. The proofreading part is more about small things like spelling and punctuation, as well as the documentation style. It is important to be sure that your paper looks professional.
For this part you can always peer-review or even
ask your teacher or another instructor to take a look.

Run a spell check and a grammar check.
Read the paper out loud, backwards and forwards.
Speak with your teacher, ask about things you could add or change to make better
Visit your writing lab.
1. Without using this PowerPoint, Why is it important to have a writing process? Explain in your own words.
It is important to have a writing process in order to produce the best work possible within the given time frame.
2. What are the 3 steps in the writing process stated in this PowerPoint presentation?
Invent, compose, and revise.
3. What is meant by invention?
You brainstorm ideas, you can also freewrite as part of you brainstorming process. You find your purpose, audience, genre, as well as plan your writing schedule.
4. What is meant by composing?
You conduct your research, organize your ideas into an outline, and start your first draft.
5. What are the three main parts of the outline?
-Introduction -Body -Conclusion
6. What is meant by revising?
You review and them proof read. You may also peer review and ask for opinions.
7. Without using this PowerPoint, define the term drafting. Use an online dictionary to help you with this definition.
You write a first version of your text, which should then be edited.
8. What are the four proofreading strategies?
-Run spell/grammar check, -read the paper out loud and backwards, -speak with your teacher, -visit your writing lab.
9. Without using the PowerPoint, list 3 things that you should do just before you pass in the final copy for evaluation.
Check the formatting, make sure your work looks good and professional, ask for people to read it and give advice, type it up and hand it in!

This is the silent message i want my work to whisper to my readers
This is a main difference from the other method, I don't arrange my outline in 3 groups because I prefer to have the 3 body arguments separate so I can focus on them one at a time while writing my draft.
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