The writing process
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1. Client: The brainstorming phase
The client lets their brain run free. They write down anything that comes to mind. Make lists or mind maps!
- Here you act as a client coming up with ideas for a dream home → you brainstorm for your paper.
- Free write your thoughts.
- Get your ideas flowing.
- Ask questions.
- There are no wrong answers.
2. Architect: The planning phase
The architect arranges the client's thoughts and designs the structure of the essay. Outline your ideas!
- Here, you act as a visionary/designer/planner to organize your thoughts.
- Arrange interesting information from the "brainstorming" phase into an outline.
- Create big-picture topics for your writing.
- Think of the main ideas you want to talk about.
3. Carpenter: The building phase
The carpenter constructs and fills in the paragraphs and sentences from the architect’s plans. Put it all together!
- Fill in the gaps of your outline with specific information.
- Move from big-picture topics to smaller issues.
- Discuss the small issues and bring in more detail to your paragraphs.
- The progression is: specific ideas → paragraphs → sentences → word choice.
4. Inspector: The final phase
The inspector polishes the surface of the essay with editing and proofreading. Look closely! Way to go!
- Take a step back and review what you have written.
- Inspect your writing and fix anything that does not work well.
- Edit, proofread, and revise your work at the end of the process.
- Ask yourself if the paper will get your point across to an audience.