Monday, April 21, 2014

Writing - Two Step Process

Writing is a two step process. Step one, you figure out what you want to write. Step two, you go back and make sure what you wrote works. In step one you just put words on the page until you get down what you want to say. It is rough and unclear. It is mostly ideas and concepts, but nothing that is refined. Then in step two you go back and edit what you wrote until you have something that works. It is here that you make sure you write in complete sentences, that the grammar is right, and that your i's are dotted and your t's are crossed. I have found that we have all been taught this in school, but for some reason it has not stuck. I have also found that it is best to keep the steps separated. First put the words on the page, then fix them. Trying to do both at the same time leads to paralysis and convoluted writing.

What do you think?