The Writing Process
Writing is an acquired skill which is learned through practice and hard work. The procedures that writers follow, their writing process, varies from writer to writer and from task to task. Additionally, the writing process is not a linear, step-by-step procedure, but a recursive method in which the writer often changes his mind, rewrites, reorganizes and rethinks his strategies before producing a text. However, some areas that all successful writers turn their attention to are pre-writing, writing, and revising.
During the prewriting stage, writers scribble notes, make lists, and some write pages and pages of sentences because they are capturing the ideas. For the kinesthetic learner, this stage is demanding and usually the writer produces a great amount of text.
During this stage, the writer reads over all the text and chooses the ideas, sentences, and paragraphs that best express the concepts to be included in the essay. For many writers, this means paring down the text produced in the pre-writing stage, sometimes by half or more. Usually many of the ideas and sentences produced in the prewriting stage just don't work in the final essay, so they are discarded. This is also the organizational stage where the writer makes decisions on the best order for the ideas. Most writers create their introductions and conclusions at this stage. Doing so ensures that the content of the introduction and conclusion accurately frame the ideas in the body paragraphs.
At this stage, the writer has to shift focus and try to see the text as a reader will see it. This can be difficult unless you can put the text aside for a while and then go back to it and read with a fresh perspective. The writer focuses on clarity for understanding, and, lastly, the mechanical features of the text.
Most writers work through these three stages to produce a text, but not necessarily in the same way. Some writers spend a great deal of time on pre-writing activities,...