- Pre-write: brainstorm, know who your audience is (your readers), know your purpose, and organize information. Overhead an interesting conversation? Heard a quote on TV or the radio, or found an interesting website or blog? Those can be inspiration for writing.
- Draft: Start organizing your ideas into topic sentences, supporting details, and create more solid sentences and paragraphs.
- Revising and Editing: Use your tools for making your writing better: a friend, a parent, read it out loud to yourself. Keep in mind the Six Traits: ideas, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.
- Evaluate and Proofread: Check with a “fine toothed comb.” All of the punctuation, grammar and usage should be checked. Example: do you use an “&” when you should use “and?” Do you have fragments or incomplete sentences? Do your subjects and verbs match? (“I is the biggest girl” is incorrect — “I am the biggest girl” is right.)
- Publish: Whatever format you need to turn it in, make sure you follow the guidelines.
The writing process is just that: a process. It’s okay to take a step back if you need to change or correct your work.
To get started, here are the steps: