Every writer – be they a copywriter, content writer or creative writer – follows his or her own writing process. Often the methodology is a routine that comes naturally. It is not a step-by-step guide to which writers refer – far from it! Being cognizant of your own writing process is particularly helpful when you find yourself grappling with a particularly challenging piece.
Here are four stages which most writers will go through during the writing phase:
- Prewriting involves anything that takes place before pen is put to paper. Activities during this phase could include, research, outlining as well as brainstorming.
- Drafting involves taking the ideas that you conceptualised in phase one and fleshing these out. As you begin to form coherent sentences to support your ideas, you may develop different angles with which to approach your content.
- During the revision phase, you go over what you’ve written and see where you can refine and improve on it so that your message is communicated well.
- The editing phase involves polishing the document and eliminating things such as typos and grammatical mistakes. It’s a good idea (actually an advisable one!) to get a third-party editor to go over your work. This is because they will have the ability to pick up anything you may be missing.
The types of writing
There are four primary types of writing: expository, descriptive, persuasive in addition to narrative. Every single writing style is used for a particular purpose. Also, a single text may include more than one writing style.