The Writing Process

The Writing Process:

An approach to writing that views it as an ongoing experience, something more than simply sitting down to write.  The writing process generally operates in some variation of three to five “stages”:

  • Prewriting
  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Publishing

Additional Discussion:

Each stage has its own guidelines and procedures  which are, to some extent, defined by the pedagogy to which one subscribes, e.g. Fountas and Pinnell, David Graves, Lucy Calkins etc.

"What is now called ‘post-process’ research demonstrates that it is seldom accurate to describe these "stages" as fixed steps in a straightforward process. Rather, they are more accurately conceptualized as overlapping parts of a complex whole or parts of a recursive process that are repeated multiple times throughout the writing process. Thus writers routinely discover that, for instance, editorial changes trigger brainstorming and a change of purpose; that drafting is temporarily interrupted to correct a misspelling; or that the boundary between prewriting and drafting is less than obvious."  (