Starting from the time the idea hits you to the time your work sparkles like the stars of heaven,  all polished and ready to be published, a process of refinement or improvement is involved known as the writing process

What is the Writing Process?

The Writing Process is a series of stages involved in turning your idea, thoughts or topics into a refined and polished final product. In other words, it is a series of stages that all writers must move through to create their finished product.

All writers take their ideas, topics through these stages no matter what they are writing about, except of course it’s private journal meant for his eyes alone.

If a writer wants his work to be read by others without screwing up their noses, he must follow the writing process. No one publishes their first draft.

When burning with the urge to make his work more presentable, a writer”s passage through the writing process can be spontaneous in the sense that he passes through it even though he’s yet to hear about it not heard about it. But his walk becomes guided when he does. 

The Writing Process – Stages


                     Prewriting
                            ⬇
                       Drafting
                           ⬇
                      Revising
                           ⬇
                       Editing
                           ⬇
                     Presenting



Looks easy huh? From prewriting to drafting to revising to editing to presenting, right?

Wrong! Not always that easy



Writing Process Is Dynamic And Can Be Sometimes Messy.


Even though it looks and sounds systematic and reliable, it usually isn’t.

New ideas come up along the line to interfere with the process making the writer go back and forth, up and down the stages, in and out – returning to a stage he had already passed through, again and again. This impacts the writing process making it impossible for the writer to predict what is going to happen along the line or how smooth his writing process will likely be.

So the movement of a writer in and out of the different stages is recursive instead of progressive.

And Each Writer Moves Through The Writing Process in a unique way to suit his need.


So, a writer definitely decides how he passes through the writing process.

The diagram below shows how a writer may decide to pass through the writing process.

Once he walks into the process through prewriting, he controls how he moves to finally come out through presenting with the mistake-free product and beads of sweat all over his forehead.