The Writing Process The Writing Process GET IDEAS Proofread!!! REVISE & EDIT ORGANIZE DRAFT Writing is a circular process, and you may have to move around the cycle more than once as you figure out what is needed in each draft. Questions to Ask Before Starting to Write What am I writing about? Topic/assignment Why am I writing? Purpose Who will read this? Audience What is my main point? Thesis What is a topic sentence? o o The topic sentence presents your main idea in a complete sentence. It introduces your topic and your position on the topic. TOPIC Your position on topic Trust the process! GET IDEAS Proofread!!! REVISE & EDIT ORGANIZE DRAFT Specific Steps to the Process In Chapter 12, you will learn about the format of a paragraph and an essay. Paragraphs are the units that make an essay. The steps of the writing process which you have seen so far can be further broken down into six clear stages: The Process Steps 1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) Consider the assignment, purpose, and audience. Use invention or prewriting strategies, like freewriting, brainstorming, clustering, and journaling to begin writing. Identify main idea and choose supporting points to arrange in logical order; make an outline. Write first draft. Revise draft. Edit draft and compose final. Every Step is Unique Each step takes time and has its own process. The first draft you write will never be the final draft. The revision stage is one of the most important stages. A good draft is revised at least two or three times before it is a final draft. Performing all the steps and allowing time to perform them properly is key to writing a good paper. You should perform the steps every time you are given a writing assignment. By doing so, you will use your time efficiently and create organized, well-developed writing.