All writers, whether they are students or working professionals, occasionally struggle with getting started on a writing project. While no two people follow exactly the same process, here are some tips to help get you started:
When we talk about the "writing process," we mean that writing is recursive: it can, and should, be continuously revised. The writing process consists of multiple steps, but most important are the following: pre-writing (brainstorming), drafting, revising, and editing. Here is a helpful document for understanding and utilizing the writing process:
Drafting any form of communication is a big step. It means have you made it past the pre-writing and brainstorming stage and are ready to tackle the communication in whole. Something to keep in mind, however, is that drafting means just that "it is a draft." It is not polished and ready to be finalized.
When drafting, the important thing is to get your ideas down. Your sentences do not have to be perfect, you may have some errors with spelling and punctuation; however, you will be getting your ideas onto the page and focusing on audience and purpose. Key point: all first drafts are rough and they are all considered a work in progress. That is the goal of drafting: you are fine-tuning your ideas and making them coherent.
The goal is to make the process of drafting work for you, and your style and pace.
Writing is a process of discovery or rather "trial and error." In other words, you don’t always produce your best communication when you first get started. So, revision is a chance for you to look critically at what you have written to see:
In life, there are times when you wish you could have "do-overs." Writing provides that opportunity. Please keep the following ideas in mind:
Below are some additional resources to assist with the revision process: