ENG100FRes004

Topics: Writing, Essay, Writing process Pages: 34 (1101 words) Published: April 19, 2015
The Writing Process

Stages of the Writing Process


There are several stages to the
Writing Process. Each stage is
essential.
 Prewriting
 Writing

(Drafting)
 Revising
 Editing

The Writing Process
c
e
f
e
R

ng
i
t

Publishing

Revising

Pre-Writing

Drafting

Organizing

6 Pre-Writing
Strategies

I. Prewriting



Choose/narrow your topic
Determine your
Audience
 Purpose
 Tone
 Point-of-view
 Tense





Explore your topic
Make a plan

Pre-Writing Techniques
How do you organize your
ideas when you are preparing
to write?





Brainstorming
Discussing
Free Writing
Looping






Listing
Outlining
Charting
Mapping or
clustering

Brainstorming








“Brainstorming” means thinking of
as many ideas as possible in a short
amount of time.
Write down your ideas so that you
don’t forget them.
Write down everything that comes
to your mind; don’t worry about
sorting out “good” and “bad” ideas.
Don’t worry about spelling or
grammar.

Example of Brainstorming
Topic: What would I do with one
million dollars?
Travel--Europe, Asia, S. America
Pay off our house
Share--donate to charities
Buy a lot of books!
Invest/save and let the interest
grow

Topics for Practice


Take 5 minutes to
brainstorm ideas about
the following question:
What are some of the
most memorable
experiences of your
life?

Free Writing










“Free Writing” is like pouring all of
your thoughts onto paper.
Don’t take your pen off the page; keep
writing for the entire time.
If you don’t know what to write, write
“I don’t know what to write” until you
do.
Don’t try to sort “good” and “bad”
ideas.
Don’t worry about spelling and
grammar.

Example of Free Writing
Topic: Describe the most beautiful
place you’ve seen.
I remember riding on a camel in
the desert in front of the
pyramids of Egypt. The
pyramids were so huge, like
pictures but more majestic than
any picture. Here was a moment
in time captured forever.

Topics for Practice


Free write for 3-5 minutes
on the following topic:
What is the most
frightening experience
you have ever had?

Topics for Practice




Look at what you wrote
during the freewriting
exercise. Choose the best
idea, word, or phrase from
what you wrote. Write about
this for 5 more minutes.
Repeat this step one more
time.

Listing








“Listing” is similar to
“brainstorming.” The idea is to
write down as many things as
possible.
Use single words or phrases, not
sentences.
Listing works well for descriptivetype writing.
Don’t worry about spelling or
sorting out “good” and “bad” ideas.

Example List
Topic: Describe your favorite room
in the house/apartment where you
live.
Kitchen/Dining Area
 White tile, walls, countertops
 Flood of sunlight
 Healthy plants
 Sturdy pine furniture
 Glass door--view of lawn and trees

Topics for Practice


Take 5 minutes to practice
listing in response to the
following topic:
 Describe

your bedroom in the
house you grew up in.

Mapping






“Mapping,” sometimes
called “idea mapping” or
“webbing,” is another way
to organize your ideas.
Start with your topic in the
center, and branch out from
there with related ideas.
Use words and phrases, not
complete sentences.

Example Map
Make good 
grades

school

Eventually 
go to college
Stop putting 
off 
assignments
work

Pay attention in 
class better

My future

Raise my hand to 
answer questions
Be nicer to my 
little brother

Play better in 
sports at 
school

Spend 
more time
family

Do what my 
parents tell me­­
first! 

Topics for Practice


Draw a map to organize
your ideas about the
following topic:
 What

are some things that
you have learned in your life
so far?

Summary of Today: Write
answers on your exit...
Continue Reading

Please join StudyMode to read the full document

Become a StudyMode Member

Sign Up - It's Free