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THE FIVE STEPS OF THE WRITING PROCESS

STEP 1:  PREWRITING
                   THINK
         Decide on a topic to write about.
         Consider who will read or listen to your written work.          Brainstorm ideas about the subject.
         List places where you can research information.          Do your research.
 
STEP 2:  DRAFTING
                   WRITE
         Put the information you researched into your own words.          Write sentences and paragraphs even if they are not perfect.          Read what you have written and judge if it says what you mean.          Show it to others and ask for suggestions.  

STEP 3:  REVISING
                   MAKE IT BETTER
         Read what you have written again.
         Think about what others said about it.
         Rearrange words or sentences.
         Take out or add parts.
         Replace overused or unclear words.
         Read your writing aloud to be sure it flows smoothly.  
STEP 4:  PROOFREADING
                   MAKE IT CORRECT
         Be sure all sentences are complete.
         Correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.          Change words that are not used correctly.          Have someone check your work.
         Recopy it correctly and neatly.
 
STEP 5:  PUBLISHING
                   SHARE THE FINISHED PRODUCT          Read your writing aloud to a group.
         Create a book of your work.
         Send a copy to a friend or relative.
         Put your writing on display.
         Illustrate, perform, or set your creation to music.          Congratulate yourself on a job well done! Creative Writing

Creative writing is anything where the purpose is to express thoughts, feelings and emotions rather than to simply convey information. Creative writing can technically be considered any writing of original composition. In this sense, creative writing is a more contemporary and process-oriented name for what has been traditionally called literature, including the variety of its genres. 

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Elements of Creative Writing
* Character
* Point of View
* Plot
* Setting
* Dialogue (fiction)
* Style (fiction)
* Theme and Motif
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Forms of creative writing
* Autobiography/Memoir
* Collaborative writing
* Creative non-fiction (Personal & Journalistic Essays) * Epic
* Flash fiction
* Novel
* Novella
* Playwriting/Dramatic writing
* Poetry
* Screenwriting
* Short story
* Songwriting
* Bibliography
* Stream of consciousness (narrative mode)

Story Writing

A small cast of characters, with one main character. A compact time frame, with the story taking place over the course of a few days or weeks

Writing a Story
Like any story, you needs to have a beginning, middle and end: * The beginning is where we’re introduced to the characters, especially the main character and his/her problem * The middle is where the action and plot develops. The main character will face difficulties such as opposition from other people or a challenging environment. * The end is where the main character triumphs over his/her biggest challenge (or fails, in the case of a tragedy). The resolution should be satisfying and conclusive for the reader. *

TipsWhy do some stories truly ring in the mind while others leave you with the feeling of 'what was the point?'. To make your short stories more effective, try to keep in mind these following points while writing: 1. Have a clear theme. What is the story about? That doesn't mean what is the plot line, the sequence of events or the character's actions, it means what is the underlying message or statement behind the words. Get this right and your story will have more resonance in the minds of your readers.  2. An effective short...
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