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The writing process - composing

Once you have finished planning your work, you are ready to start on the first writing of it. This is often called the first draft or rough draft. It is recommended that you write your first draft quite quickly, and not worry too much at this time about spelling or grammar mistakes. If you need to use a word or express an idea but you donít know how to in English, then write it down in your own language. You can use your dictionary later. (If you are always stopping to look up words, it is difficult to let your thoughts flow naturally.)

If possible, do your writing on a computer. This makes changing and correcting your work so much easier. If you prefer to use paper, then double-space your writing - again, this will allow you to make corrections and changes more easily.

While you are writing your first draft, you may find that you need some more information. In this case you will need to repeat one or more of the steps in the prewriting stage. You may also change some of the ideas you collected or the way you organized them. This is fine: some people find that their best thoughts come to them only after they have started writing.

The beginning and end of your writing are particularly important, and you should take time to get these right. The beginning should be interesting so that the reader is keen to continue reading. And the last paragraph should be a clear ending that, for example, concludes the story or leaves the reader with something to think about.

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