This post correlates to my ENG 1001 “Intro to ENG 1001 and the Writing Process” lesson, but can be used as a resource for comp. II or literature students as well.
The Writing Process: what is it?
The Writing Process is something we focus on throughout English Composition I and II.
- Good writer’s don’t create good writing the first time.
- On average, you’ll revise an undergraduate college essay 3-6 times
- Sometimes more; sometimes less.
Here are the main steps we will use this semster:
- Prewriting or brainstorming
- Thesis Development and Outline
- Rough Draft
- Proofreading and Revising (peer-review and IVCC Writing Center)
The Writing Process: how to personalize it for you
STEP 1: Throughout your essay prewriting, drafting, and finalization, remember that The Writing Process is fluid:
- It can bend and shift to fit your needs:
- Imagine water filling a glass or a river moving downstream.
- If you’re reading and revising a draft and you realize you need to explain a point more:
- do a freewrite or brainstorm
- outline your new thoughts
- Add the content to your current essay
- Proofread and move on
STEP 2 : While we write, write, write this semester, pay attention to your success and failures:
- Not necessarily your grade
- The technique that was quickly for you
- Note what you didn’t understand or hate
- What processes make you write your essay faster or will less hesitation
STEP 3: When the semester ends, reflect on what worked for you and what didn’t.
STEP 4: Take the “useful stuff” with you and disregard the “not so useful.”
IVCC Writing Center: http://www2.ivcc.edu/writingcenter/index.html