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The Writing Process
(Intermediate, B-Level)

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Writing Is a Process

Effective writers go through stages from the moment they have an idea for writing to the moment they publish their work. Even experienced writers go through these stages although they may not even realize it.

A problem many novice writers often run into is skipping over steps in the process because they believe they can get things done faster; as a result, they end up taking longer, getting frustrated, and producing poor work.



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Table of Contents

The Writing Process

Overview. Get a feel for the process from start to finish.

Stage 1. Think

Step 1. Prewriting and generating ideas, and planning. Learn what to do before you start writing, including how to come up with an idea for writing, how to narrow the idea to something manageable, and how to plan your paragraphs and passages.

Step 2. Planning: Thinking about the topic, audience, and purpose.Learn how to make sure you have the right topic for your audience and purpose of writing.

Step 3. Creating a thesis statement. Outlining your paragraphs. Learn how to write a thesis statement.

Stage 2. Writing

Step 1. Writing Paragraphs: creating topic statements for your paragraphs.Learn how to write good paragraphs that support your thesis or central idea.

Step 2. Introduction, body, and conclusion paragraphs. Learn about three types of paragraphs and how they support your thesis or central idea.

Stage 3. Polishing Your Work

Revising and editing the draft; the final touches. Learn how to edit and revise your work and how to check for issues such as formatting.


In this course, you will learn how to use the writing process to write paragraphs, passages, or essays. You will first learn all the steps from beginning to end without getting into every detail (overview). Next, you will learn each step in detail:

  • how to generate and select ideas appropriate for your writing task;
  • how to plan your writing so that you have a “map” to follow in the subsequent steps,
    • how to determine whether your topic is too broad or too narrow, and
    • how to determine your purpose and target audience;
  • how to create a thesis statement;
  • how to outline your writing (introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion);
  • how to organize your paragraphs around a topic statement and supporting details;
  • how to write the introduction, body paragraphs, and the conclusion;
  • how to revise and edit your draft; and
  • how to finalize your work (formatting).

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