5 Step Writing Process
Getting Started: Prewriting is the first step to the writing process. Prewriting is discovering what you will be writing about and practicing how you will be writing about your subject. Just as a rehearsal is practice to a performer, prewriting is the practice to a writer.
Getting It Down: Drafting is known as a series of stages during which the writer concentrates on getting ideas on paper. The emphasis is on content rather than mechanics. The writer takes an idea, and begins writing (drafting) what they know, and how they feel about the subject often recalling memories and knowledge as well as certain hopes, feelings, thoughts, and dreams. As writers we should write our first draft from the heart and continue the rewriting/revising process with our head!
Getting It Good: The revising stage of the writing process consists of making changes to our writing based on feedback from our peers and/or teachers during conferences. This feedback allows us to add more details, imagery (help the reader visually imagine what we see in our memory), adding clarity by word choice (substituting dull words for action words), deleting and rearranging phrases and sentences for author’s purpose and understanding. Revising is NOT EDITING
Getting It Right: Editing is the stage of writing that gives a piece its polish and correctness. Students correct mechanics such as spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar to prepare for publication. Checking mechanics such as spelling come easier with the handy “spell check” offered on most publishing programs.
Get It Out: Sharing your final piece of writing and sending it out into the public. The publishing phase of the writing process defines you as an author with a published piece of work. Publications come in many different forms such as: a book, a letter, an advertisement, a paper, a journal entry, and /or a digital tools(email, webpage, u-tube video) etc.