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Garbl's Writing Process Links is an annotated directory of websites that can help you follow the steps in the writing process, such as prewriting, research, drafting, editing, revising, proofreading and publishing. A separate directory below features websites that can help you prevent or defeat Writer's Block.


Most of the writing process sites here are aimed at college, high school and middle school students, but the steps and techniques described also provide useful advice for adults writing outside the classroom. The Plain Language and Action Writing directories also provide excellent tips on organizing your writing to meet your needs and the needs of your audience. Also check out the Creativity Resources directory for methods to stir your creative juices.

"It is not the critic who counts ..."--Theodore Roosevelt, University of Paris, Sorbonne, April 23, 1910
An inspiring message for aspiring writers, experienced writers and everyone who strives valiantly in the arena.


bullet ABC's of the Writing Process--A. E. Lipkewich and R. S. Mazurenko, Westmount Junior High School, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

A user-friendly online resource covering the five steps of the writing process--prewriting, writing, revising, editing and publishing. 

bullet Editing that Works--Caroline Jarrett of Effortmark Limited, United Kingdom

A collection of nine practical principles and various resources to help you edit websites. Also available: Forms that Work -- Advice, papers and answers about designing usable forms.

bullet Paradigm Online Writing Assistant  --Chuck Guilford, associate professor of English at Boise State University, Idaho

Interactive writer's guide and handbook that offers help in discovering, organizing, revising and editing your writing. Also has advice on writing various types of essays and documenting sources.

bullet Practical Writing (PDF file, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)--thanks to John Vargo, formerly of Deixis Software Inc.

Covers the three stages of the writing process--planning, writing and mechanics--with advice on outlining, sentences, paragraphs, style, punctuation, spelling and basic grammar.

bullet Research & Writing: Step by Step--Internet Public Library, School of Information, University of Michigan 

Describes a six-step process for high school and college students, including getting started, choosing a topic, forming a focus, gathering information, preparing to write and writing the paper.

bullet The Writing Process--Cleveland State University Writing Center, Ohio

Articles on the logical, reciprocal basic steps that every writer seems to (or should) follow in the creation of a paper.

bullet The Writing Process--Writing Tutorial Services, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia

These articles describe steps and things to consider in prewriting, drafting and revising a document.

bullet The Writing Process--Purdue University Online Writing Lab, West Lafayette, Indiana

These OWL resources will help you with the writing process: pre-writing (invention), developing research questions and outlines, composing thesis statements, and proofreading.

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Writer's Block

bullet Angel VS. Devil--How To Vanquish Writer's Block--Karen Wiesner, author of romance fiction, children's stories and nonfiction about electronic publishing

"I imagine inspiration as an angelic muse on one shoulder while writer's block is the devilish muse weighing down the other shoulder."

bullet The Keys to Unlocking Writer's Block--Academic Skills Center, Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina

Descriptions of a couple common reasons for writer's block and strategies for turning off your editor.

bullet Symptoms and Cures for Writer's Block--Purdue University Online Writing Lab, West Lafayette, Indiana

There are some common causes of writer's block, and when you are blocked, consider these causes and try the strategies that sound most promising.

bullet Overcoming Writer's Block--Literacy Education Online, Vicki Vialle for the Write Place, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota

"Fortunately, a few helpful techniques make it possible to overcome the challenge of writer's block."

bullet Strategies for Overcoming Writer's Block--Writers' Workshop, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Site begins with a description of what causes writer's block, gives four weak strategies for dealing with it and ends with five powerful ways to avoid it.


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Updated July 11, 2012.