This picture illustrates the process of developing your writing.

During the development draft, you will truly begin to write. Webster’s dictionary defines writing as the “process of literary composition.” Now that you have expressed your thoughts as words on paper, you can begin to compose, or craft, your message. In the development draft, you will begin the process of revision. This is the real work of writing.

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This flight of craft beers is a pun on the five essential drafts of writing.

Most of us began our serious writing instruction in junior high school. As we grew older, the papers grew longer, yet the process of writing them did not change. You probably followed this traditional academic model: write a rough draft, read through it once, make changes, write the final draft, turn it in, and receive a grade.

One of the biggest challenges facing adult writers is this: Now that you are setting out to write your book, you will first have to unlearn the way you were taught to write in school.

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