Skip to content. What makes an effective piece of writing? Good writers plan and revise, rearrange and delete text, re-reading and producing multiple drafts before they produce their finished document. This is what a process writing approach is about. What is process writing? The process approach treats all writing as a creative act which requires time and positive feedback to be done well.
Though some composition theorists are now challenging and complicating the idea of writing, most accept that diverse writing instruction involves going beyond simple matters of correctness. By viewing writing as a process, not just as a product, the critical thinking behind all genres of writing is validated on an equal level. The best composition instruction thereby offers students guidance and experience during the various stages of the writing process. Composition instruction focused entirely on the "product," that is, the final draft submitted by the student, is more and more often being seen as ineffective. Working with students from idea generation through revisions can highlight the value of each step in the process and help students gain more control over their writing. It could also encourage a wider range of approaches to a particular assignment and allow the instructor to intervene early if a student struggles.
A process is a series of actions that are followed to some desired end result. In order for the result to be successful, all steps must be followed. Cooking is a process and a recipe is the directions you follow to get a positive end result. If you are baking a cake and skip one of the ingredients or forget to bake the batter at the right temperature, you will not have a tasty or successful final result. This is true for writing too…writing is a process that involves multiple steps that must be completed to create an effective essay.
This process is often treated as a linear one that, if followed step by step, will lead to a successfully written product. Although some writers may write this way, most devise their own ways of generating ideas and writing, usually from their own experiences of what works for them. As we said in chapter 1, writing is a way of thinking. In other words, the quality of your writing depends on the quality of the thinking you do about your topic or your assignment.