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What are the steps of the writing process?

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The four main stages in the writing process (as described by MIT) are prewriting, drafting, revising and editing.

The first stage, prewriting, involves the preparations you make before beginning to write. If you're working on an argumentative essay or a research paper, for example, prewriting includes the research you complete before beginning the essay, along with whatever notes you gather as you build your own perspective. It might also include organizational prompts such as an outline.

The next stage is drafting, when you take your ideas and put them into written form. With that said, however, it is important to remember that drafts are not the final version. Rather, once you have finished writing your initial draft, you will then have to revise, rewrite, or tighten up the work in question.

Finally, once you have revised your essay, the last stage in this process is editing. Review your work and look for spelling and grammatical errors. Editing is a crucial step and ensures there are no glaring mistakes you may have missed before you submit your work.

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