Writing Composition: The Writing Process

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This lesson details the five crucial steps one must follow to develop perfect writing skills. In writing, composition refers to the way a writer structures a piece of writing.

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2. x What is the writing process ?
Writing an essay takes time. That’s why writing is often
referred to as a process. In other words, a writer goes
through several steps before he or she has a complete essay
ready to turn in for a grade. This lesson talk about those
The steps of the writing process:
Y Pre-Writing
Y Organizing
’ Drafting
Y Revising and Editing
Y Handing in a Final Copy
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3. Pre-writing 9 #&
Step One o
Pre-writing literally means “before writing.” Before you
actually begin writing your essay, you will need to do the
following things:
4 choose a topic to write on
4 brainstorm or generate ideas for
your topic
Q focus in on central ideas
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4. izing &
Step Two I
Making an outline can help you organize what you want to
write. An outline is a rough plan for your essay and can help
make the process of writing much easier.
Essay Outline
Introduction Thesis:
Body 1. Topic Sentence:
- supporting idea
- supporting idea
2. Topic Sentence:
- supporting idea
- supporting idea
3. Topic Sentence:
- supporting idea
- supporting idea

5. Drafting 89 &
Step Three J
After getting ideas and making an outline of your essay,
it is time to start writing the essay. When you begin writing
your rough draft, try to remember the following guidelines:
Don’t worry about writing the “perfect” paper
the first time.
. Your goal in writing a rough draft is to develop
and support the ideas listed in your outline.
7 Don’t focus on spelling and grammar as you
write your rough draft. You can check this

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6. Revising and Editing
Step Four I
After you write your first draft, go back over it and look for
ways to improve your essay in content and organization.
This step is called revision. After you revise for content
and organization, begin editing your draft for mistakes in
English conventions like spelling, grammar, punctuation, and
sentence structure errors.
Revision Editing
Content and eee
Organization Punctuation,

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Step Five
The last step is turning in your essay to be graded. Look
at the guidelines below for turning in the final draft of your
word-processed in APA Style
all new paragraphs indented five spaces
8 12 by 11 inch white paper
double spaced, Times New Roman size 12 font
HES88Sa8 8
one inch margins on all sides

8. Evaluation 5x,
Now, you are ready to review what you've learned. Click on the button
below to return to Unit A. Do the interactive exercise. Then click on
the essay rubric link to see how your essay will be evaluated.