Free Trial – Day Two

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THE NATURE OF WRITING

Writing is a skill, which the language user must learn.

To put this skill into effective use, the language user, I.e writer, should have a high degree of organization in the development of ideas and information with a high degree of accuracy and appropriate use of grammatical pattern.


The variety of activities pointed abortion shows that writing is, most often, an individual task. The writer has an advantage to have the time to think, and re-think, try out ideas on paper, choose words, revise, rearrange and consider the overall effect of his choices and styles on the readers.


Therefore, writing is a craft which requires not only a good knowledge of grammar but also of the art of communication which helps in proper arrangement of words, phrase, sentence and paragraphs, so as to engage and sustain the reader’s attention.

THE PROCESS OF WRITING

A successful writing process can be described as a process that the writer starts on an idea or topic, he moves through the stages of planning, writing, revising, re-arranging, editing and ending in a final writing copy.


Three major activities or groups of activities have been identified in the writing process. These are ;

1. Pre-Writing
2. Writing and
3. Post-Writing.

Each of these groups demands the writer’s attention.

So, let’s go in detail with each of the listed groups above.

Pre-Writing

The first stage in the writing process is Pre-Writing. It includes all the activities that influence active participation in thinking, talking, writing and working on the topic under focus.

These activities, which may be oral, written or experimental in nature, may be carried out individually or as a group.

The two important questions at this stage help the writer to proceed.

  • What is the purpose of the piece of writing?
  • Who am I writing for?

These questions help the writer to establish a sense of purpose and an audience, I.e the writing context and the planning of the outline.

Pre-writing activities include the following:

  • Brainstorming
  • Looping
  • Free Writing
  • Clustering
  • Debating
  • Outlining
  • Arranging materials
  • Arranging ideas etc.

Steps in Pre-Writing

Step 1: allow yourself some time for a chosen or assigned topic to take firm root in your subconscious, in order that you may discover and test out the ideas. This will allow the ideas to grow.

Step 2: if it is an assigned topic, make it your own, personalize it by discovering its connection with what you already know, and with your own interests and experience.

Step 3: reduce the topic to a manageable size, making it as precise and specific as possible, e.g if you are writing on government, the topic can be narrowed down to Military government or Civilian government.

A wide tip may be a big program during the writing exercise.

Step 4: ask questions to dig up more information about the topic, e.g Where? When? Why? Who? What? How? For instance, if you intend to describe an event/action, you can ask;

  • what happened?
  • Who made it happen?
  • Who was affected?
  • Why did it happen?
  • When and Where did it happen?

Step 5: obtain feedback to your questions. Find someone you can talk to about the basic issue you plan to write on.

Step 6: operate on a suggestive word, phrase, idea or example connected with your topic.

Step 7: read about the topic to gather information as well as to have a continuous supply of necessary information.

You can read magazines, articles etc, that can help you choose a topic, define it, enrich and enlarge it.


Step 8: write freely on the topic for at least forty minutes, recreating on paper as much as you can, the information you have gathered in the Pre-writing exercises without worrying about anything else.

The free-written material, thus, produced helps you into the next stage, which is formulating a thesis.

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Brief Exercise

Write on this topic: Youth Unemployment [The Effects]

Use the Pre-writing given steps and hints to write a blog post; assuming to be published on CCN’s blog site and of course it can be, provided it’s up to standard for the publication requirement.

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