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February 2007 UpWrite Press - We Make Writing Work For You

Understand the Writing Process
As a businessperson, you understand the importance of “process.” In any business project, you must follow a series of steps in the proper order to achieve the desired result. Writing is no different. The writing process is a cycle in which you, the writer, plan and address your thoughts to the reader, who interprets your ideas and takes action on them. Use the writing process as a guide to form and clearly transmit your message to your reader.

The writing process breaks down your task into four manageable steps:

  • Prewriting: collecting data and preparing to write
  • Drafting: arranging the collected material into a written message
  • Revising: making changes and corrections to the copy
  • Refining: double-checking and proofreading to make sure the piece is as clear, concise, and correct as possible

Sometimes you will move back and forth through these steps. For example, you might create several drafts, revising between each one. Tailor the above process to suit your individual needs. Its flexibility will help you create your finest writing.

Learn more about the cycle generated by the writing process on page 120 of Write for Business: A Compact Guide to Writing & Communicating in the Workplace.

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February’s a good month to . . .

  • Sort through and organize last year’s tax records.
  • Set professional and personal goals for the year.
  • Establish and explain bonus opportunities for employees.
  • Ask for employee vacation dates for the coming year.
  • Examine project schedules for the year and revise if necessary.
  • Plan a social event for employees to offset the gloom of winter and reconnect on a personal level.

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We invite you to be part of our monthly eTips. Each month we pose a question or problem regarding the use of writing in business. Send us your reply along with your name, your company’s name, and a brief description of what you do. We will print the best responses, and you will get your name out to our more than 5,000 subscribers! (We reserve the right to edit your remarks for fit and suitability.)

February Writers’ Forum Topic
Suppose you have an employee, a coworker, or a supervisor who continually sends out memos or other writing with glaring grammatical errors. You have been asked by your employer or other coworkers to somehow help that person. What approach would you use, and how would it differ depending on the offender’s position?

Email your response to writersforum@upwritepress.com. Write "February Writers’ Forum" in the subject line, and you could see your reply in the eTips Mid-Month Mini.

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The Writing Process: Prewriting
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