Writing is a means of communication using symbols; for instance, alphabetical letters. It is a readable form of communication of one's ideas and thoughts. Tools like pens/pencils are used in handwriting. In typesetting, a keyboard is used unless there are special cases like the blind and the handcuffed where there is a voice recognition program to enable them to transcribe their thoughts and ideas.
It is always nice to know your audience when writing. The target audience can be oneself, for instance, when taking notes, an unknown audience, for instance, when blogging, targeted audience, for instance, letter to a friend. Writing can also be formal /official and informal/unofficial. There are a method and steps to generate a final article called the writing process, which is in linear progress, but in natural occurrence, the steps are nonlinear.
This article outlines key elements in writing and creative reading.
Elements of Writing
The writing process can be subdivided into prewriting, writing, editing, and rewriting /revision phases. These phases consist of five-element, including the purpose of writing, organization, support, expression, and correctness (Sellers,2013).
1. The prewriting stage
This revolves around planning and organization of ideas. This involves coming up with the thesis, which is a statement that shows the purpose of writing the article. Selecting the topic and the target audience aids the author in determining how the article will be framed and its language. The prewriting phase clarifies the topic you want to write about, your ideas and feelings about the topic, and its approach. It also aids in determining which support material the author needs in the writing process and organizing the material. In this stage, the author should also plan the content and organize it in the paper.
2. Writing phase
It is also called the drafting or transcription phase, and it involves the production of the write up in the form of text. In this phase, language skill is applied since the author should know the spelling, punctuation, sentencing, and paragraphing skills, which will help put the content in mind in an organized manner to pass the message.
3. Editing phase
In this phase, the author is tasked with identifying the mistakes and correcting them. The mistakes could be spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar. There are available soft wares which can assist in editing the draft. Editing helps in improving the clarity and styles employed. It can be done by the real author or borrow the assistance of another author so that their feedback can help.
4. Rewriting phase
After proofreading and correcting the mistakes, the article is revised before been published. It aims to make the material better by making sure there is clarity, expansion of ideas, and examining whether the article is serving the initial purpose. At this phase, whatever was in the author's mind should be converted in the form of writing, hence making the communication clear and intentional. Rewriting can involve changing structure, adding other persuasive arguments, and ensuring the story is captivating and understandable to the targeted audience.
Creative reading involves reading while analyzing and evaluating an article critically. It goes beyond reading to understand the literature in the article that the reader creates images through reading resulting in new ideas and information not written in the article (Priyatni & Martutik, 2020). There are many ways in which a reader can use to spark creativity in their reading culture.
For instance, writing a song about a novel or book you have read. Writing a song uses multiple intelligence since the reader is growing their understanding of the book and uses a new medium to pass the revelation gathered. Writing fanfiction can also spark creativity (Priyatni & Martutik, 2020). It involves imagining a scene that does not exist in the article you have read and written.
In conclusion, fanfiction can help get a new story to write bout. For instance, imagining what if harry potter happened in one of the high schools! That gives a new story to write about.
Priyatni, E. T., & Martutik. (, 2020). The Development of a Critical–Creative Reading Assessment Based on Problem Solving. SAGE Open, 10(2), 2158244020923350.
Sellers, H. L. (2013). The practice of creative writing: a guide for students.
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