Blogging – Using the process writing approach
Process writing helps you to present a logically flowing piece of writing. Whether you are blogging to generate an income or for pleasure, there are some principles by which you should be guided and they take many forms. Some persons do not really understand the intricacies involved in writing such as research, presentation and so on but process writing is the aspect I wish to discuss as I believe it to be a very important part of the whole content writing experience.
Now, if you have read many blogs you would have noticed that sometimes there were many mistakes made. These are not necessarily deliberate but perhaps the piece of writing was not re-read before publishing to the world. It is important that if you are going to put your name to a piece of writing that proper due care be taken to ensure that at the very least, the grammar and punctuation are correct. Non-native English Language speakers are not excluded. This process of ensuring that some basic things are done before the work is published is called the Process writing. We will discuss some basic approaches. So let’s go.
The process might look something like this:
• Writing the first draft
checking for accuracy
• Editing and revision
• Publishing your work
Now, I will say a little about each. Hope you are following so far? Have you ever been asked to write a blog post or even thought of writing one and you have no idea what to write about or where to begin? Such an experience is not only challenging but it is very frustrating and robs you of the pleasure of writing.
What is it that will send you on this exploratory journey? A journey that will help you create imaginative ideas and feelings so that you write in an exciting and organized way? What is this process that will not only start you on the journey but as you travel along will allow you to stop, go back over a previous stage in order for you to come up with something that is exciting, fun, grammatically correct, fresh and original?
The experience is what process writing is all about. It is not an exercise that one does and forgets. Rather, you would need to revisit what you have done previously and do some refining of what was written. The writing process has many stages and we will discuss each below.
In pre-writing, you will conduct activities that will help you plan your post so that you can present your ideas in a more organized manner. Before completing your first draft, you would need to give some thought to the subject on which on which you are writing.
Brainstorming is the name given to a situation when a group of people meet to generate new ideas around a specific topic or area of interest. Using rules which remove inhibitions, people are able to think more freely and move into new areas of thought and so create numerous new ideas and solutions.
Brainstorming is one of the best ways to start creating ideas in order to write in an interesting way. This can be done by yourself, with friends (group) or a partner.
Consider a topic such as ‘what I like about blogging’. Through brainstorming you would think of all the ideas associated with blogging, then write them down in a list. Another way is to cluster the main topic with sub-topics. See example below. From this you can begin to create interesting and valuable posts. When you have done this, you would have created a variety of interesting ideas associated with blogging, try to select the ones you would like to include in your piece of creative writing and organize them into 3 or 4 clusters.
Writing the first draft
After all that has been said above, you now need to prepare your first draft.
This stage of the process writing is called rough draft stage. This is so because it is the stage in which you try to organize your ideas in some logical order so they read like a composition. Here, it is not necessary to be so concerned with grammar, style and spelling. If you put too much emphasis on these at this stage, you can lose your train of thought and probably not be able to think about creative ideas, nor enjoy the exercise. Just have fun and let the creative juices flow.
Editing and Revision
This is the stage where you become extremely careful and pay close attention to proper punctuation, capitalization, grammar and spelling. The best writers in the world are those who edit their work.
Editing makes that exciting piece of writing better and easier to read. It allows you the opportunity to express yourself carefully and to correct mistakes that you made when you prepared your rough draft.
In this stage of the process, you may wish to do the following:
• Add new ideas that you had not included in your list;
• You may take out some of the information that is not necessary for what you wish to write on the topic;
• Reorder words, sentences or paragraphs so that your work flows smoothly and logically.
To edit carefully, you need to examine every word, every sentence and every paragraph. Prepare a checklist in order not to miss some of these details. You may create this checklist for your own editing or to share it with your partner or engage in peer editing (group).
Your checklist will sometimes vary depending on what it is that you are writing but once you have created it use it to help you revise what you have written. Here is an example:
• Was the draft related to the topic?
• Are the ideas organized in a logical manner?
• Are the ideas expressed in complete, correct sentences?
• Are the sentences grammatically correct?
• Does each sentence begin with a capital letter?
• Are the sentences correctly punctuated?
• Are words correctly spelt?
• Is the work written in proper paragraphs?
• Does each paragraph have a main idea?
• Are the paragraphs indented or spaced?
• Is there any information that should be added?
• Are the words chosen correctly used to say exactly what they mean?
Publishing Your Work
Wouldn’t you be happier if you had someone with whom you can share what you have written? Most writers take great care to write correctly so that others may enjoy what they have created.
At this point, you will engage in the final stage of the writing process – publishing or sharing your work. This may simply take the form of sharing it with your partner, friends or in your groups, on social platforms that you use on a regular basis, email lists. The more you share your work with others, the more it will be shared with their friends, appreciated and important feedback received which you can now use to improve on what you have created or use them to write other posts.
So there you have it. Hope you enjoyed this little journey with me. Please let me have your feedback in the comments.
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