The Five Basic Steps Included in the Writing Process

There are five basic steps that are included in the writing process.

These steps are generating ideas, planning, drafting, revising and editing.

Generating ideas helps you find purpose in your writing and makes the writer ask themselves who the writing it meant for and what they need to know. Planning helps to arrange your thoughts are start an outline. Drafting helps write a rough draft that includes a title an introduction and a conclusion to the paper. Revising is a way the main story has been written to go over and change ideas that don’t fit in the paper or look for ways to fine tune and add more supporting detail. Finally correcting is a way to look for grammatical errors or any other errors including punctuation and proper capitalization.

The two most helpful suggestions I got from the writing process was firstly creating ideas by brainstorming and clustering new thoughts together to start to formulate my ideas. The other idea I found most successful was by writing out an outline of the thoughts. This helps to keep my ideas in order and makes it easier to write a final paper.

The steps included in the prewriting phase of writing include brainstorming and organizing or outlining. Several techniques to brainstorming are: clustering, free writing, listing, mapping, or using the internet. Prewriting affects the success of the essay because it allows the writer to have options to write a better essay by narrowing the topic to a specific direction.

To write an effective persuasive essay the writer must follow the writing process in which there are five steps: generating ideas, planning, drafting, revising, and editing. In generating ideas the writer finds the purpose and the topic, in planning you organize and outline, when drafting you can elaborate on your point of view, revising the paper to make sure everything fits and makes sense, and finally editing, correcting grammar and showing the final product.

Sources we would use to help support our topic sentences would probably be our college library online or even a public library. Libraries are effective choices because it has a wide range of resources we can use from periodicals to encyclopedias. Another effective resource would be the internet; it holds so much information with just a click of a mouse. These are both effective sources because it is easy to get to and contain much needed information for any type of research any student may need.

Determining fact versus opinion may be difficult at times; a student just has to make sure they do a thorough research on a topic. First, one must ensure that it is a credible source. Next, they have to determine whether or not the author is biased. Most credible writers will have facts and research to follow up their writing and with that you can pretty much tell if the author is credible and unbiased.

I believe that an opinion of an expert in the field can carry more weight than the opinion of someone that is not. An expert should carry the knowledge of the topic and it is just in our hopes that the expert gives us, the readers, a true statement and not just their opinion.