The Writing Process How to write right

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On your academic course you will need to engage in different types of writing, from extended essays and reports which may take two months to write, to short essays written under exam conditions. A mistake many students make is to start writing before they are ready, and to think they have finished once their first draft is done. In reality, there are many steps involved in producing a quality piece of writing, which begin when you first see the title, and end when you submit the work. These steps are called The Writing Process.

The exact process will vary according to the kind of writing you are working on. There are two main types, summarised below.

Short (exam) essays
Write the essay
Submit finished work


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