The Process of Writing
The writing process varies for many people; it generally has five main steps that most writers follow when they write anything. The process starts with brainstorming ideas and creating a thesis. Once a writer has ideas and a thesis, she can start organizing her thoughts and drafting her piece of writing. Revising is important so the writer can better communicate her topic. Overall, the writing process is important to get a well-rounded and clear piece of writing.
When I start my writing process, I begin by generating ideas. I typically do this subconsciously. Most times, I will be thinking about something that someone said and come up with idea for a story. If I ever sit down to really brainstorm for a story, I typically write it down in my writing notebook. I keep names, ideas, settings, and even object ideas in my writing notebook for future reference. If I do research, it usually consists of Pinterest boards and lists of quotes. If I am writing about something I am not extremely familiar with, I will do actual research to learn as much as I need to know about the subject about which I am writing. If I am writing a formal paper, I get an idea of the topic I am wanting to write about and begin to narrow it down to a specific topic. Brainstorming like this helps me come up with my main idea of a story or the thesis of my paper.
Most times when a writer starts her piece, she already knows the main idea. Sometimes I find that I stumble upon the main idea after I have already written half of the story thinking it would be end up way and ends up another way. No matter how a writer gets to her thesis, she can find the main point so long as the topics of the piece of writing reflect on that thesis. This better helps to organize the writing.
When organizing stories, I really enjoy making a Pinterest board about my story with sub categories for each specific section. For example, I am currently writing a mystery revolving around a wedding and a stolen heirloom. When I began organizing this story, I created a Pinterest board with sub categories for the wedding, for each different character, the manor in which the story is set, and objects that might be used in the story. It helps me truly form the story in my mind, and I can see it play like a movie in my head. However, if I am organizing a paper, it is very different. I usually start with an outline of what I expect to write2. I start with a simple five paragraph outline and work my way down from there. I add sub categories to each point when I have a new subject to talk about and write the details below that. This organizing step makes the drafting and actual writing process extremely easier.
I love writing papers at my IKEA table in my room. It is so peaceful and aesthetic in my room, and it is easy to concentrate. I usually get myself a water, open the window, put on some calming music, and just write. If I am writing a story, I like going to a coffee shop and writing with chatter in the background. I would say that I write at my best when it is early morning. Just as everyone is starting their day of work, I am starting a new adventure in each new piece that I write. Then, when I am ready to revise, I isolate myself so that I can concentrate on making my writing the best it can be.
When revising a paper, I start by going through to check grammar and agreement with tenses. After that, I check that my main points connect to my thesis. Transitions are important to check, as well. Then, I check clarity of sentences. This goes hand in hand with editing and subject/verb agreement, as well as clichés, tone, and correct language. Revising does not usually take me very long because I get excited to let others read it.
Before I let anyone else see my paper or story, I proofread it myself starting from the beginning. Then I typically ask my parents or my older sister to read over it to check for any mistakes I may have missed the many times I have looked over it. A new proofreading technique that I have recently started is reading the last sentence first, then the next one up, and then the next. It helps to show a writer her mistakes that she may have missed from reading it regularly.
The writing process can be different for every individual, but the basic steps remain the same. Start by brainstorming ideas and developing a thesis. After creating a thesis, the writer can begin to organize and start drafting. Then comes revising and editing, making sure the writing is clear and concise. What is left is a well-rounded, organized piece of writing.
The Process of Writing