The Writing Process and The Veteran

What is the writing process?

Most may believe it is the simple task of writing something down on a piece of paper and simply giving it a title. However,  the process of writing is more complex than that. There are several stages in which a writer must go through in order to achieve success in the end. Those steps include: planning, writing a draft, revising, and finally editing your work. First planning will be explained. There are numerous amounts of ways to choose a subject in which to write about. It is important for the writer to ask himself questions that help explain topics that he may care about, or is knowledgeable in. Once a topic is chosen, collecting facts and evidence is appropriate for what will become the “body” of the text. As the writer gains information it is then that the information and ideas need to become somewhat categorized or organized pertaining to ideas and relationships similar to one another. Several exercises such as brainstorming, clustering, or writing in a journal can be useful in the organization of ideas and also very helpful in gaining extra ideas or other topics to help benefit your subject of choice.  Outlining is the most effective way in categorizing ideas and information because it helps set the tone of the text, being able to see a visual of how the text will flow or how it can be alternated. As it has been stated that no writer writes a perfect paper the first time through, a rough draft should soon follow. Writing the draft allows for the writer to become more persuasive and interactive with the audience by adding and or removing details within the text. Peer review is also extremely helpful when revising a rough draft in hopes of making it unique and connective. Grammar, punctuation is both apart of the revising process as well as the learning process for the writer. Last but not least, after all of the planning, gathering of information, informally writing down thoughts and organizing in a such a way that creates literature, editing of the rough draft is comprised which then makes for an error free text. In conclusion, the final piece of literature should be interesting to the audience, connects in such a way that the transitions are almost unnoticeable, and most importantly empathizing.



The Veteran

In Trimbles “Writing with Style”, it is explained in great detail how a veteran writer actually writes. As a new author, it is very easy to just write down what comes to mind without any hesitation because it is proven to be what the “self” already knows. However, with much practice, patience, and many,many pages of writing and rewriting, the veteran writer shows us how to think as if we were the audience. It is considered to be an honor to make an individual take time out to read a piece you’ve written .Learning the audience can include the language used in the piece, ways to persuade ones way of thinking about a certain topic, and ,most importantly expressing emotions in such a way that the reader could relate to a similar experienced. Veteran writers make their text easy for the reader to read and always puts the readers emotions, interest, and possible thoughts before their own. As a veteran writer, the audience is always right, and the delivery of the text must always be clever and right on time.



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