This modes-based rhetoric/reader/handbook demystifies writing by presenting the writing process as a series of critical thinking decisions about audience and purpose while offering more student samples through multiple drafts than similar books. Widely admired for its clear, readable style, The Writing Process is a concise guide that combines accessible coverage of the writing process, complete discussions and models of the rhetorical modes, a chapter on the research process, and a brief handbook. Focusing on writing as decision-making, the text offers practice in analyzing the unique rhetorical demands of each writing situation by showing how considerations of audience and purpose influence writing. A wealth of student samples in various draft stages and a strong collection of professional readings-essays, fiction, poetry, memoirs, and cartoons-illustrate the writing strategies.Takes students step-by-step through the writing process, from planning and drafting to revising. Presents revision as an ongoing activity, not the final task performed on a work. Strong coverage of revision is evidenced by Chapter 4, "Decisions in Revising" and Section Two, "Specific Revision Strategies," with four chapters on revising for content, shape, style, and word choice. Includes student case studies and sample papers in each chapter in Section Three, "Essays for Various Goals," that feature model assignments for every rhetorical mode and show the annotated work of student writers as they read, plan, draft, and revise their papers. Provides collaborative writing projects in writing, revising, and editing as well as guidelines for peer editing and review.A substantial Section Four, "The Research Process" offers: Expanded discussions of plagiarism and electronic research tools.Current MLA and APA documentation guidelines.Coverage of the latest popular resources, including blogs, wikis, and instant messaging.