James M. Patrick

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Category: For the Love of Writing

The Writing Process
Part 5
Editing and Proofreading

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Over the past few weeks, we have taken a close look at the full writing process. From prewriting (my personal favorite), to a working draft and finally a polished draft, it was all about creation and enjoyment. Before you can move onto the final draft and a publishable manuscript, it is time to discuss the most painful and least enjoyable step in the process. That’s right, editing and proofreading.

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The Writing Process
Part 2
Prewriting

Prewriting

 

technology-1095751_640Last week, we discussed an overview of the complete writing process. Now that we all have a better understanding of the process as a whole, we can take an in-depth view of each stage. As I have said previously, no two writers have the same process or style, so there is no single catch all that works for everyone. So, what may work for me may not work for someone else. The process that I will be discussing is what works best for me. I hope that in the end, I will have given you ideas that can be incorporated into your writing process. That being said, let’s jump into the prewriting stage.

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The Writing Process

Most of us are able to think back to our early elementary school days when we were first introduced to the writing process. I am reminded of bubble diagrams, rough drafts with editing symbols that I can no longer recall, and using extra care and time to write as neat a final draft as I could. It was my first introduction to something that would become a lifetime passion.

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I’m Going to be Rich! Right?

Ah yes, the good old days. Like many of you, I can think back to the first time I picked up a pencil and decided that I was going to write a book. My head was filled with the visions of high profile book launches, book signings with lines out the door and hours long waiting times. As the words spilled from me into all those college ruled composition books, I could already hear my phone ringing with agents and publishers offering six figure deals, and film studios getting into bidding wars over who would earn the rights to make motion pictures out of my books. Money, fame, and a life of luxury were just waiting. All I had to do was write.

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