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Writing Process For Kids by Kim Kautzer

Writing is Easy as 1-2-3-4-5

by Kim Kautzer

1. Brainstorm

  • Brainstorming gets your ideas flowing so you can write. Never
    skip this important step!
  • There are many ways to brainstorm. Make lists, mind-maps,
    charts, Venn diagrams, writing clusters, outlines, etc.

2. Write a rough draft


  • It does not have to be neat—just make sure it’s readable.
  • Be sure you skip lines as you write (double-space if typing)
    to make room for editing and revising.
  • Edit your own rough draft, using a checklist to help you
    make necessary corrections.

3. Write your first revision


  • Continue the practice of double-spacing or skipping lines.
  • Then use your checklist once again to recheck your paper
    for content, style, and mechanics. Make corrections as needed.
  • This copy should be neatly written.

4. Give your composition to a parent for editing and comments


  • Your mom or dad should use a specific checklist to edit your
    paper and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Remember that an author never publishes his rough draft!
    He spends much time revising his own work and then asks others
    to make suggestions.

5. Write your final draft

  • Using your parent’s suggestions, rewrite your paper one more
    time. Try not to look at these suggestions as criticisms, but
    as ideas to help you become the best writer you can be!
  • Pay close attention to details as you type or neatly rewrite
    your final draft.
  • Double-check your paper against your checklist to make sure
    style and mechanics are still okay, especially if you moved or
    added sentences or made other major changes.

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