Written communication is a recursive process.

It involves the continuous and repetitive action of writing and rewriting. However, this repetition might not be evident or feasible in day-to-day writing simply because of the issue of immediacy.

In today’s new media world where chatting, tweeting, Instagram, Facebook and a host of other online interaction platforms are available, writing does not have the time to be looked over and rewritten. Most often, the writer types and sends with as little time as a second or two to go over the finished, then send.

In other types of written work such as articles and even blog posts, it is important that the writing involves the recursive process. In fact, any writing that does not require immediacy of publishing should and must be put through the recursive writing stages of pre-writing, drafting, revising, proofreading and editing.

Each one of the above mentioned stages of writing are all nominal to writing and rewriting. The point of emphasis is that writing is just more and more rewriting.

In beginning the writing process, the writer makes use of various pre-writing activities to narrow down ideas and discover what sort of information is intended to be passed across. This will later determine the approach the writer will take in organising the structure of the writing.

Some pre-writing activities include free writing, clustering and brainstorming.

Pre-writing is still writing, though. It is the initial process of writing that sets the pace for the written work. It helps to find out what you know as a writer before you decide to let your reader know what you know.

Once the pre-writing activities have helped to get the writing flowing, the next stage is drafting which is a rough sketch of the writing piece that will be revisited at the third stage – revision. Here things like organisational structure and grammar will be checked and perhaps changed.

The next stage is proofreading and editing and at this stage, it is important for the writer to read the piece like a reader. It involves reading aloud and also giving some time in-between the writing and proofreading to allow the writer read with a somewhat clear mind like a reader would.

It is necessary for a writer to read his or her work like a reader coming across the piece for the first time would, because it exposes the writer to the flaws and redundancies of the piece that need to be corrected to aid comprehension.

While it is important, it is not compulsory, however, that a writer goes through these stages of writing one after the other.

Writing is a rigorous and arduous process, which can be rewarding for the author and the reader if properly done.


Author: Aderonke Adeleke

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