The Writing Process
By Michaela Freeman
For many people, the idea of writing
text is mysterious. Starting
and ending up with an article or book may seem scary, but
writing has it's own process and it's not much about being kissed
by the muse.
Creative Writing and Editing
The following description of our working style applies to:
Phases of the Writing Process
1. Gathering Information
We need your materials, notes, existing documents or links
to information sources. In this phase, we can also conduct
interviews with you or with people related to the
2. Material Analysis
We spend the necessary time to carefully study the materials
and in cases of larger projects, study your field or
theme in general, to gain job-specific orientation. We will
likely have a number of questions at this stage.
3. First Draft
We create a
first draft of the text, which is still unpolished, but outlines
all basic elements of the completed work. It's important
to remember, that the first draft is always rough.
It exists to be edited and changed!
In this phase, we will expect and need your feedback. There
is seldom only one round of revisions, it will most likely
three. Don't be concerned about that, it's the heart of the work.
5. Finishing Phase
We implement your final comments, format the text and
add pictures or graphs as needed.
All texts need a final read by 'outside eyes' - someone
not familiar with them. We pass that work to
a proofreader; one of our colleagues or someone on your side.
Your text is now ready for publishing. Your
text will likely be further formatted by the person preparing
the final output:
- a web designer or a content editor on websites,
- a magazine or book editor in publishing houses,
- a pre-print editor or a graphic designer for flyers or