The Writing Process | Advanced (C-Level)
Stage 3. Final Touches
Note. This lesson is part of an advanced English-as-a-second-language course. To start from the beginning, go to the table of contents.
Finalizing Your Work | Final Touches
This course covered the most important stages and steps in the writing process. As you use the process and gain experience as a writer, you will notice other, more advanced aspects of writing.
Some details may be related to a specific type of writing or where you publish your work or your own preferences.
College students must follow a very strict formatting style for their work. If you are writing for a company or website, you will likely have to use a very different style.
Whatever style you need to use, make sure you learn what it is and follow it carefully.
Flexibility in the Writing Process
If you are still developing your writing skills, you should follow the writing process closely. Do not skip steps to avoid trouble later in the process. When you let the process guide you, your writing experience goes smoothly.
As you gain experience, you will likely start adapting the process to your own needs and personal style. There is much room for creativity, so use your judgment at each stage and do what works for you.
Growing as a Writer
Although you write alone, it does not mean you should work alone all the time. One way to improve your work is to get people’s help. Even highly experienced writers often have “writing buddies,” people who they go to and who go to them when they need to talk through a new writing idea or revise their work.
Just make sure to take criticism positively. After all, you do not write for yourself; you write for others to read your ideas. If someone critiques your work or does not understand your ideas very well, do not take it personally. Accept the criticism so you can grow as a writer. Take the constructive criticism to heart and ignore the rest.
If you are a college student, you may put a lot of hard work into a paper or essay only to receive it back with a low grade and many corrections. Do not let that discourage you! You are in college to learn, and sometimes part of the learning process can be frustrating. Again, do not take it personally. Go over the corrections carefully and see where you can improve for your next paper.
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