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The Writing Process

The writing process is something that no two people do the same way. There is no "right way" or "wrong way" to write. It can be a very messy and fluid process, and the following is only a representation of commonly used steps.

STEPS OF THE WRITING PROCESS

STEP 1: PREWRITING
      THINK AND DECIDE

STEP 2: RESEARCH (IF NEEDED)
      SEARCH

STEP 3: DRAFTING
      WRITE

  •   Put the information you researched into your own words. See Paraphrase and Summary
  •   Write sentences and paragraphs even if they are not perfect.
  •   Read what you have written and judge if it says what you mean. See Thesis Statements
  •   Write some more. See Incorporating References
  •   Read it again.
  •   Write some more.
  •   Read it again.
  •   Write until you have said everything you want to say about the topic.

STEP 4: REVISING
      MAKE IT BETTER

  •   Read what you have written again. See Revising Content and Revising Organization
  •   Rearrange words, sentences or paragraphs.
  •   Take out or add parts.
  •   Do more research if you think you should.
  •   Replace overused or unclear words.
  •   Read your writing aloud to be sure it flows smoothly.

STEP 5: EDITING AND PROOFREADING
      MAKE IT CORRECT

  • Be sure all sentences are complete. See Editing and Proofreading
  •   Correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
  •   Change words that are not used correctly or are unclear.
  •   Make sure you are using the appropriate Style formatting.   
See for MLA: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01
See for APA: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
See for Chicago: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/

for examples. Have someone else check your work.

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Revised: 07/11


1Adapted from The five steps of the writing process. lewis.cpsb.org


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