I think the writing process is a curious concept which, for the digital age, needs a revision. Back in the paper and pencil days, the outline - draft etc process was a useful construct and widely followed. But, in the digital days, many of us (including me... now... as I write this comment) use the drafting process as part of brainstorming. I am most comfortable and efficient with these steps:
1. Typing/drafting out my initial reaction
2. Reviewing my writing for logic, flow, missing items, and unnecessary detail.
3. Sometimes, as this stage, I outline.
4. Revise though copy and paste
5. Review and publish
At Time4Writing (which I founded and run), we still teach students using the traditional five step model but we are considering an update. Have you seen anyone who has talked about how drafting and brainstorming on a word processor are a useful first step?
I like the TCRWP model but it seems more related to research-based writing and doesn't address how, I think, technology changes the writing process.
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