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Writer's Manual: The Writing Process

Department of Languages, Literature and Communication

The Writing Process

There is more to writing than just producing text. To arrive at a satisfactory result, several other tasks should be carried out as well:

  • selecting and organising information
  • structuring the text
  • formulating sentences focusing on style, spelling, and punctuation.

The Writing Process

In short, writing is a complex activity that consists of many tasks.Many writers try to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. Ideas are formed, organised, put into words, revised and refined, all at the same time. Furthermore, various aspects of the text receive attention simultaneously: content and cohesion, main argument and subordinate arguments, spelling and style. Planning, writing, and revising intermingle. This approach may lead to writer’s block: beginning or continuing your work will prove difficult. In such cases, taking one step at a time will help you to keep a grip on things.‚Äč

The three stages of the ideal writing process

To prevent writer’s block, it is best to subdivide the writing process into smaller tasks. The charts presented here take you through the required steps. It can be applied to both long and short text fragments. Consequently, it is not necessary to plan, write, or revise the entire text in one session. In practice, you will often work with smaller text fragments. This should not be a problem, as long as you go through all the steps for every fragment. By taking each step consciously and with a specific purpose in mind, you will gain more control over the writing process. As a result, writing will not only be easier, but more enjoyable as well.

The Ideal Writing Process