Writing Process & 6+1 Traits Jenna Lundy



This is the time to gather all of your thoughts! A chance to experiment with ideas without stressing the topic too much yet. Find out what really interests you to write about and start to roll with it! Think of a topic and then different details to go with that topic.

  • Draw
  • Make Notes
  • Concept Maps
  • Idea Webs
  • Make a List


This is the stage where you take your topic and you roll with it. You start writing and let the topic lead you. use your prewriting ideas for references to build and elaborate on. Just start writing and keep going until you've written about everything you wanted to include.

  • Use pre-writing ideas as fuel
  • Start writing
  • Be confident in your writing


During this stage you share your work with your peers! Your peers will give you feedback on how you are doing. This way you can hear how you are doing, what people like about your work, and also gather ideas of how you can improve your work!

  • Don't be afraid of constructive criticism
  • Don't be afraid of giving constructive criticism
  • Buff a negative with two positives: "I like.....and.....but I wish you would do/add this...."


This is where you re-visit your writing. Now you have gained the perspective of your readers. Here is where you start to think how can I write to cater to my readers? How can I keep my readers interested?

  • Add things
  • Move things around
  • Cut some things out
  • Its okay to leave some things alone


When thinking of editing think; Writing conventions: Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage. Proof read your writing. Try and catch mistakes! pass it along to another person for them to edit just incase you might have missed something!

  • Use a dictionary for spelling
  • Familiarize yourself with different punctuation
  • Ask questions!


Make your work look presentable to your audience! How can you make it look more appealing to your audience?


  • Type it
  • Illustrate it
  • Bind it
  • Add a cover
  • Make it look neat



The Main Message

Brainstorm your thoughts! write all of your ideas down!

Things to Brainstorm:

  1. The heart of the message
  2. Content of the piece
  3. Main theme and supporting details

Ways to Brainstorm:

  • Lists
  • Concept Maps
  • Idea Webs
  • T-Charts
  • Doodles/Drawings


The Internal Structure of the Piece

Time to take your ideas and put them in order. Categorize them figure out which ideas relate to each other. Start to think about the order of importance and the order you want to write about them in.

  • Internal Structure
  • Thread of Central Meaning
  • Logical Pattern of Ideas
  1. Logical order of ideas
  2. Details relate to each other


Personal Tone and Flavor of the Author's Message.

Make your work sound like you. Write with energy, expression, and enthusiasm. Choose a style that will keep the readers interest.

  • Heart and Soul of the Piece
  • The Magic
  • The Wit
  • Unique personal expression emerging through words.
Let your personality shine through your writing!

Word Choice

The Vocabulary a Writer Chooses to Convey Meaning.

Spice up your word choice! Use descriptive words and phrases when writing. A thesaurus is a great tool to use if you are stuck on trying to find the best word to fit in your writing.

  • Paint a picture with your words
  • Rich
  • Colorful
  • Percise
  • Move or enlighten the reader with your word choice

Sentence Fluency

The rhythm and flow of the language

How well does the writing flow? What does it sound like whenI read aloud? Does it have any awkward word patterns?

  • Read with ease
  • appealing to the ear not just the eye


The Mechanical Correctness.

The Five Elements:

  1. Spelling
  2. Punctuation
  3. Capitalization
  4. Grammar/Usage
  5. Paragraphing


How the writing actually looks on the page.

A way to show off your work and make it presentable to your audience!

  • Balance of white space with visuals and text
  • Graphics
  • Neatness
  • Handwriting
  • Font Slection
  • Borders
  • Overall appearance


  • Google.com/images
  • http://www.smekenseducation.com/6-Traits-Lessons.html
  • http://educationnorthwest.org/traits/trait-definitions
  • https://www.ttms.org/PDFs/04%20Writing%20Process%20v001%20(Full).pdf


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