James M. Patrick

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Category: The Writing Process

This series will take you through the writing process in careful detail.

The Writing Process
Final Draft

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After spending weeks, months and in some cases years, the entire writing process has finally reached the final stage. From pre-writing, to your working/first draft, onto your polished draft, to the heart retching editing/proofreading stage and you now have the final draft of your manuscript in your trembling hands. As you scroll through your manuscript, you may think that all of your work is complete, but in actuality, you have only reached the end of phase one, and are about to enter Phase Two. Don’t fall into a false sense of security, there is still more work to do.

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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 4
Polished Draft

The Writing Process – The Polished Draft

In our previous post, we discussed the the working draft of your manuscript. This week we will be discussing the polished draft. This is not the final draft of your manuscript, as there are a few more steps to the progress before we get there. If you picture your first/working draft as a newly mined mineral, the polished draft is where it becomes a gem. That being said, let’s get started.

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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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