The Writing Process – Overview

Starting from the time the idea hits you to the time your work sparkles like the stars of heaven,  all polished and ready to be published, a process of refinement or improvement is involved known as the writing process

What is the Writing Process?

The Writing Process is a series of stages involved in turning your idea, thoughts or topics into a refined and polished final product. In other words, it is a series of stages that all writers must move through to create their finished product.

All writers take their ideas, topics through these stages no matter what they are writing about, except of course it’s private journal meant for his eyes alone.

If a writer wants his work to be read by others without screwing up their noses, he must follow the writing process. No one publishes their first draft.

When burning with the urge to make his work more presentable, a writer”s passage through the writing process can be spontaneous in the sense that he passes through it even though he’s yet to hear about it not heard about it. But his walk becomes guided when he does. 

The Writing Process – Stages


Looks easy huh? From prewriting to drafting to revising to editing to presenting, right?

Wrong! Not always that easy

Writing Process Is Dynamic And Can Be Sometimes Messy.

Even though it looks and sounds systematic and reliable, it usually isn’t.

New ideas come up along the line to interfere with the process making the writer go back and forth, up and down the stages, in and out – returning to a stage he had already passed through, again and again. This impacts the writing process making it impossible for the writer to predict what is going to happen along the line or how smooth his writing process will likely be.

So the movement of a writer in and out of the different stages is recursive instead of progressive.

And Each Writer Moves Through The Writing Process in a unique way to suit his need.

So, a writer definitely decides how he passes through the writing process.

The diagram below shows how a writer may decide to pass through the writing process.

Once he walks into the process through prewriting, he controls how he moves to finally come out through presenting with the mistake-free product and beads of sweat all over his forehead.

4 thoughts on “The Writing Process – Overview”

  1. Indeed we do move from one lane to the other. Also, it’s a hot mess when we write from our own perspective, sometimes bashing the popular beliefs and opinions. Then thinking, Oops! that’ll turn out way too harsh 😄 Writers don’t write from their lone stand point, but they also include the voices and opinions of others. What the readers want and what they should know. However, some writers work on popular opinions while some like to serve new ideas– what they have observed and understood. I think, the latter is the best because they are offering something new to the readers. You have explained it well with diagrams.

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    1. Thank you Pragati for taking your time to write an insightful comment. You’re right, writers make use of accessible aids around them to make their writing realistic – this is more so for factual writers. For creative/imaginative writers, they serve new ideas just as you have rightly stated and because of this, they get a messier writing process. The good news is no writer is tied to this process, no matter how messy it gets, all the readers should be needing is a presentable outcome. The process is always there to guide, not to judge.
      Thank you once more. I truly enjoyed reading your comment.🤗❤

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