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5 Stages of the Writing Process

Writing is a complex process.

You may be writing a research paper, a thesis, a book, or even a blog post, but putting your thoughts into words on paper (or Word document) is not enough. Your thoughts are unstructured, but writing requires structure. Without proper planning and research, it may not seem authentic either. Hence, following a step-by-step guide is essential to transforming your thoughts into well-researched and structured content worthy of publishing. These steps are also immensely helpful when you experience writer’s block. The 5 stages of the writing process ensure that your work gets published without any glitches or delays.

Brainstorming or Pre-Writing

The writing process does not begin when you put pen to paper or when you start typing on the keypad. In fact, it begins much before – right when an idea germinates in your mind. Brainstorming gives you the chance to bring your ideas out of your head and give them a visual format. Here, you can structure your thoughts and link the main idea with other supporting ideas that you can include in your writing. You can also create an idea about the tone of your write-up by thinking about your target audience at this stage.

Research and Planning

Research is extremely important if you want your publishers to take you seriously. Be it a historical article, a scientific thesis, or even a novel, you must take out time for research. Your research material can come from the internet, books, and even interviews with experts. However, before you go on a researching spree, plan your research as well. Your research plan should be focused and appropriate. Know what you need to research and how you plan to discover information. Also, keep a deadline for research and complete it within the stipulated time.


This is where the actual writing process begins. The brainstorming, planning, and researching processes culminate into a structured write-up that has a beginning, middle, and ending. The more time and effort you have put into the first two stages, the easier the third stage becomes. Apart from providing your content proper structure with chapters, paragraphs, and page numbers, it is also important to note your resources. This provides authenticity to your article or content.

Copy Editing

After you have concluded the writing part of the process, editing follows. It is the most critical stage of the writing process. This time is when you have to look at your write-up critically. It is best to take a break for a few days and come back to your article with a fresh set of eyes. This helps you to edit your article more clearly. While editing, you need to focus on the flow of the article. During this stage, you also need to remove repetitious points or fluff and add more evidence if an idea or thought does not seem convincing. If the thoughts in a paragraph or chapter do not seem clear, this is the right time to rephrase them and enhance clarity.


Once you are 100% sure about your draft’s content, it is time to move to the final stage before publishing, which is proofreading. While editing is all about finding and repairing the deficiencies in content, proofreading focuses on the technical aspects of writing. Here, you need to concentrate on sentence structure, grammar, punctuations, spelling, capitalizations, syntax, etc. In short, this step is where you make your article error-free. It is a good idea to hand over your article to a friend, colleague, or family member to proofread your article. An objective perspective prevents judgment from being clouded by emotional attachment. You can also hire a professional proofreading company like Siliconchips Services Ltd. to do this work effectively.


Writers have their own writing processes that they have developed over the years. However, if you are a newbie or seem to be stuck in your writing, following these 5 steps will help you to improve your work and complete your project on time.

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Umesh Nair

International Executive with focus on Global Growth -20 years working experience in Germany, Singapore, India,Asia, Middle East, Switzerland, Europe across a cultural multi-functional environment.

Specialties: Business Strategy & International partnerships, Global Alliances network in Startup, Technology,Airlines, Aviation, Travel, online travel, E-commerce Business, Luxury Retail, BPO, b2b, ERP Software BusinessDevelopment – Sales, Go to Market, Growth Specialist, Incubation, Entrepreneur in Residence, Senior ClientPartner, Consulting, Market Research – Coleman Research, Lynk Global, Guidepoint, Insight Alpha, GersonLehrman Group.

Mr. Manoj Mehta

Mr. Manoj Mehta, is a Science Graduate and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), practicing as a Chartered Accountant since 1984. He had the great opportunity to complete his article training with M/s. S.V.Ghatalia & Co. (now part of E&Y, one of the big four Consulting Firms in India).

He has got vast experience of 40 years in the profession. His core strength is in the field of Finance, as a Corporate Advisor to public, private and multinational companies in the field of financial planning, raising debt and equity, structuring,  etc. His forte is strategic business and financial planning, compliances, deployment of funds, optimum utilization, budgeting, Preparation and analyzing of qualitative Project feasibility reports, anything and everything related to advising on financial decision making.

He holds trusteeship of a few charitable trust to show his philanthropy side.

He has held leadership roles and has been in the forefront in articulating values and beliefs in a team building approach.

Paul Evans

Dr Paul Evans has a long career in publishing in STM and business sectors since graduating from Oxford University and first working as a computer programmer. He worked for Reed Elsevier in a variety of roles for nearly 25 years (in UK, Netherlands and China) up to, in later years, Senior Vice President at the global headquarters in Amsterdam. He then became Managing Director for SAGE Publishing’s Asia Pacific company at its hub in Singapore for 7 years, doubling its size and performance. Latterly he was for three years Director of Nature Research China with Springer Nature in Shanghai and an adviser to the Chinese government for his industry, and then on return to the UK during Covid he has worked for Maverick Publishing Specialists as a consultant and Charlesworth Publishing Services as Director of Partnerships.

He has also taken a strong interest in education initially as a teacher in Japan, as a lecturer and course leader in Publishing Studies at a Scottish university, and now in working in UK education areas.

Bharath Ramadoss

Head of Production and Operations, has been with Siliconchips since 2015. In his time with us, he has managed a team of dedicated and experienced production team members, both in books, journals development.

A graduate of University of Madras, Bharath has a strong experience in quality, complex workflows in the publishing industry. His skill set includes e-publishing, project and team management, XML and HTML, content development, workflow improvement, and now working closely with technology team and developing various tools and platforms.

He enjoys cricket, and you will find him playing every Saturday.

Becca Mosher

Becca Mosher, US Editorial Project Manager, helped to develop the Siliconchips editorial department in 2015, and her team continues to grow. A graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Missouri – Columbia, Becca has been in the publishing industry since 2007, where she has specialized in e-book project management, editorial management, and editing in a wide variety of styles at all levels, from proofreading to developmental editing. She is proficient in several languages and adept at client relations.

An avid board gamer, Becca teaches different games at a “Learn to Play” night once a week.

Abhijit Pathre

Abhijit Pathre, our Director of Account Management, manages data, accounts, delivery and operations, and maintains client relationships. He is highly experienced in the technology field and possesses excellent communication and problem-resolution skills; prior to joining Siliconchips Services, he was with Hutchison Global Services, working in 3G, and Goldshield Business Solutions, a UK-based Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firm.

He leads with a humbleness that compels the team to follow his direction. His firm commitment and his vast fifteen-year experience spanning various industries contribute to his essential role as a member of the Siliconchips Services team in India.

Shahid Chowdhary

Shahid Chowdhary began Siliconchips Services in London in September 2010, with one basic idea: to build an organisation committed to value-based leadership and promoting a culture of trust, transparency, integrity and mutual respect.

Shahid received his graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Srinagar and his post-graduate in Marketing and Finance from NMIMS, Mumbai – both leading engineering and business schools in India and he was certified by Baan in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). He has acquired numerous professional qualifications in innovation, strategy and leadership development throughout his career, including Leadership Management Institute (LMI) in the US and Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) in London. Over the years he has worked with various multinational companies in India, the US and the UK, including engineering, software development and publishing companies.

Shahid is the driving force behind Siliconchips Services; he focuses on new markets, business development, human resources development and planning for the continued growth of the company. He unites his teams across borders, and encourages a cohesive working community to give our clients a professional and pleasant experience with Siliconchips Services.

Over the weekends, Shahid spends time with his two daughters, practicing martial arts, and volunteering at the stables for his love of horses.