The writing process

Writing process infographic

1. Client: The brainstorming phase

The client lets their brain run free. They write down anything that comes to mind. Make lists or mind maps!

  • Here you act as a client coming up with ideas for a dream home → you brainstorm for your paper.
  • Free write your thoughts.
  • Get your ideas flowing.
  • Ask questions.
  • There are no wrong answers.

2. Architect: The planning phase

The architect arranges the client's thoughts and designs the structure of the essay. Outline your ideas!

  • Here, you act as a visionary/designer/planner to organize your thoughts.
  • Arrange interesting information from the "brainstorming" phase into an outline.
  • Create big-picture topics for your writing.
  • Think of the main ideas you want to talk about.

3. Carpenter: The building phase

The carpenter constructs and fills in the paragraphs and sentences from the architect’s plans. Put it all together!

  • Fill in the gaps of your outline with specific information.
  • Move from big-picture topics to smaller issues.
  • Discuss the small issues and bring in more detail to your paragraphs.
  • The progression is: specific ideas → paragraphs → sentences → word choice.

4. Inspector: The final phase

The inspector polishes the surface of the essay with editing and proofreading. Look closely! Way to go!

  • Take a step back and review what you have written.
  • Inspect your writing and fix anything that does not work well.
  • Edit, proofread, and revise your work at the end of the process.
  • Ask yourself if the paper will get your point across to an audience.