Writing is an art. It’s not something we’re born doing, yet it’s something we’re asked to do a lot in professional work. Making the process enjoyable for yourself is both useful and important. Here, then, are the steps of the writing process: our “recipe” for good expository writing.
Prewriting and Choosing a Topic: Prewriting can help you take a general topic and make it more specific.
Researching: Researching your subject is an important step in writing because it helps you narrow your focus.
Outlining: After you choose your topic and assemble your research, organize your ideas before you start drafting.
Drafting: The drafting phase creates a coherent path for the reader to follow from thesis to conclusion.
Revising: Revising happens on many different levels of your paper, from individual words and sentences to larger issues of organization and coherence.
Editing and Proofreading: Editing and proofreading ensure clarity, improve style, and eliminate errors.
Completing a Final Review: When you’re done with all the steps of revision—revising for purpose, editing, and proofreading—make one final review of your paper.