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Organize the outline information and write the first draft

August 11, 2009

Organize and Outline Information:

Before writing the initial draft, it is important to organize all the ideas in a way that will make the document flow nicely. A good way of doing this is to write all random thoughts
down on a paper, and then circle all main sections, connect the main sections to supporting ideas with lines, and deletes all irrelevant material.

Once each idea is organized, the writer can then organize the document as a whole. This can be accomplished in various ways:

  • Chronological: This is used for documents that involve a linear process, such as a step-by-step guide describing how to accomplish something.
  • Parts of an object: Used for documents which describe the parts of an object, such as graphic showing the parts of a computer.
  • Simple to Complex: Starts with easy to understand ideas, and gradually goes more in-depth with complex ideas.
  • Specific to General: Starts with many ideas, and then organizes the ideas into sub-categories
  • General to Specific: Starts with a few categories of ideas, and then goes more in-depth.

Once the whole document is organized, it’s a good idea to create a final outline, which will show all the ideas in an easy to understand document. Creating an outline makes the entire writing process

much easier and will save the author time.

Writing the First Draft

After the outline is completed, the next step is to write the first draft. The goal is to write down ideas from the outline as quickly as possible. The writer should wait until the draft is complete to do any revising; stopping to revise at this stage will break the writer¬タルs flow. The writer should start with the section that is easiest for them, and write the summary only after the body is drafted.
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