by Gay Degani
Content, structure, and language work together.
No one element can make a story work. Many writers use a series of steps—brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revision, editing, and proofreading—to juggle content, structure, and language. The order of each step is a matter of choice and fluctuates with story ideas.
Content refers to the subject matter of a story.
Language refers the diction and style used to express a story’s idea.
Process is what brings these three basic components of composition together.
Writing is a Process. Yeah, it is!
The rough draft is about content...
making it up.
The second draft is about structure...
The third draft is about language...
making it clear.
The fourth draft is about perfection...
making it publishable.
Actually, the steps to the writing process bleed into each other like ink dropped from a leaky pen over one spot. The blotches don't land in exactly the same place, but they seep beyond each other's borders, and create a new kind of art.