The Writing Process
The writing process has been
described in a number of different steps or phases. For the purpose
of this guide, three large steps are used, planning,
drafting and polishing.
Planning- Plan as
- What is the topic
of our writing?
- Who is our audience?
What will be interesting to them?
- What do we want
to accomplish by writing about this topic
(e.g., convey information, persuade policy makers, etc.)?
Drafting- Write the
draft as a group.
- What ideas or thoughts
will we include?
- How will we organize
- How will we introduce,
develop and conclude our first draft?
- What will the title
of our article be? (A clever title can help ensure a large readership!)
Polishing- Get feedback
from other students, your teacher, and your parents.
Polishing refers to
the process of editing and revising based on an evaluation of
the writing. It is the hard work that a writer devotes to a piece
of writing that is likely to reach a wide audience and serves
as a reflection of oneself.
The questions that
you should ask themselves as they proceed through the polishing
- How can the responses
from others improve our paper?
- What new ideas do
we have for the paper?
- What information
should we add or delete?
- Have we corrected
all spelling and grammatical errors?