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Become a Better Writer With Our Writing Tips!

Mar 06,2014 | Posted in Creative Writing, Writing by Yolanda Fontanez-Coleman

 

shutterstock_12040303 teacher with studentWriting can be a challenging process for many students. However, giving students solid writing tips can make the writing process easier for them. Teaching students effective writing strategies will help them throughout their school and work career. Break down the writing process with these simple steps.

 Brainstorm:

Once your topic has been selected. Start the writing process with effective brainstorming strategies. Brainstorming is the process in which you organize your thoughts and write freely about the topic you have chosen. There are many brainstorming strategies such as free writing, cubing, listing and mapping.

Drafting:

This step is all about writing all your ideas and adding details to your paper. It is important that your draft includes as much information as possible. During this step, remember it is okay to make errors. Do not focus on the mistakes however the goal is to keep writing as much information regarding your topic.

Revising:

During this step you are focusing on making your paper better. You will reread your draft, add more details, remove information that does not belong or does not make sense. When revising, you will need to ask yourself the following questions: Does my introduction make sense? Does my conclusion bring my writing to a close? Are my ideas organized in a way that makes sense?

Editing and Proofreading: 

This is the time to go back and correct errors in your writing. Proofreading is the time when you focus on grammar and spelling here. Do you have capital letters where they belong? Make sure your sentences end with the correct punctuation marks. Is your spelling correct? While editing you will focus on whether your ideas are well-organized,  and to be sure that the transitions between paragraphs are smooth.

Rewrite/ Final Draft:

Once you have gone through drafting, revising, editing and proofreading you are ready to rewrite the final draft. When rewriting make certain you include all the corrections and omit any information you have chosen not to include.

 Publishing: 

Now that the final draft is complete you are ready to publish your work! Ask yourself these following questions when you are ready to publish: Who will read your work? What do you think will be the best way to share your writing? Find the medium that you will publish your work and share it to your readers.

Writing well is an important skill that will help you become successful in school and in your career. Implementing the above skills will help you strengthen your writing skills. Do you effectively use these strategies when writing?

 

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