THE WRITING PROCESS
The abbreviation beginning each step is how I will normally refer to that
step in class, on the board, with due dates, and in your grades.
PW - Prewriting: brainstorming, jot listing, webbing, mapping, discussing,
Special note: THINKING is indeed a PW technique, but you better get
those thoughts to paper before long or I will doubt you
are actually thinking! hehe
OL - Organizing/Outlining: get a rough order to your ideas, even if they
are incomplete. Create OUTLINE or WRITER'S BLUEPRINT.
Special note: At first, all of you will be required to do this
though I know it is uncomfortable for some. If, after
your first couple papers, I see you organize with no
problem, I will let you opt out of this if want.
RD - Drafting: Write! Avoid stopping, don't edit yourself, don't correct
spelling, don't worry about order. JUST WRITE!
RRD - REVISION: THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP IN THE PROCESS:
spend most of your time here. Elicit peer readers, check your ideas, check your paragraphs, check your sentences, check description and detail, check to see if you have too much or too little depth, check your structure and clarity.
Special note: When you are done with this, you will have a big mess
where your RD used to be. This mess is called your
RRD - Revised Rough Draft.
NO ABBREVIATION: Editing/Proofreading: check all your mechanics from
punctuation to spelling.
Special note: There is no abbreviation for this one because I can't
collect editing. It will simply be checked in the
FC - Publishing: Submit the Final Copy.
This is a process and as such, is fluid in nature. Digressions and reordering are normal and expected.