Home » Writing tips » What are the steps of the writing process? » Which is the first step of the writing process?
Prewrite: Get ready to write
Prewrite your message, or decide what to write
Game plan: Spend less time worrying about grammar, spelling and punctuation. Start the writing process with prewriting instead.
Focus: Find your story angle
Find your focus for concise copy
Tighten up: The quickest way to cut copy significantly is to tighten your story angle.
Structure: Organize your information
Save time — and words — with structure
Building blocks: Spend a few minutes upfront organizing your piece, and you’ll save hours later agonizing over it.
Writing structure for emails, articles, blog posts & more
“Prose is architecture,” wrote Ernest Hemingway. “It’s not interior design.” Which structure would make the best foundation for your argument?
More on prewriting
What writers and others say
“My working habits are simple: long periods of thinking, short periods of writing.” — Ernest Hemingway, Nobel Prize-winning novelist