'How do I start?' 'What do I do first?' These are questions frequently asked to writing and composition teachers by their beginning writers. Frequently, beginning writers need the stages of the writing process broken down into simpler steps. This helps beginning or struggling writers build a foundation for future writing instruction. Simply telling some students to prewrite isn't enough. In this minilesson, students are instructed how to create a jot list, graphic organizer, and outline. In addition, types of supporting details are identified. At the end, students are given a topic and asked to practice the steps. This document can be shown on an active board or printed as a handout. It uses a lot of color to help separate each step and keep the students' attention.