Writing. It seems like an open and closed thing to just write something down, but it is not.
Writing is like baking -
It is a multi-step process that
takes skills each step of the way.
Students often do not understand. They think there's something wrong with them - that they "can't write". Really, they just need to know that putting the words on the page is only the first step (actually... it isn't even the first step!... )
The pre-writing process many steps (and sub-steps!)
- Topic Generation
- Careful documentation of research notes and sources
- Argument Building
- Thesis Statement Development
- Outline - Planning
Then you can write - it is time for the first draft!
Then the editing process takes over:
- Editing for the basics - complete sentences, spelling, and ideas
- Editing for commas (this will take many read throughs)
- Sentence Improvement
- Editing - again!
Then the post-writing phase
- Formatting the paper
- Creating a works cited page
- Adding or tweaking In-text citations
Back to Editing!
- Check it over again
- Edit to the marking rubric
- Get someone else to read it and give feedback
- Fix mistakes
- Edit again
Print your finished Essay!
Sometimes I wonder why we call it the writing process
it seems to be mostly editing! The editing is a huge process- one that most students do not budget time for at all! Editing is the part that makes a good paper a great paper!