3

The First Draft

Getting It Down

Key Topics Covered in This Chapter

  • Getting your ideas down
  • Building on paragraphs
  • Creating transitions
  • Using design elements to lighten the reader’s load

CHAPTER 2 described four strategies for getting your writing project started. Each strategy will produce an organized set of ideas or topics that you’ll want to address. Scoping the project, also covered in chapter 2, will place boundaries around those ideas and topics, assuring that the breadth and depth of your writing is appropriate for your audience and for your intended purpose.

This chapter introduces the next step: hammering out a first draft. In doing so, it pays attention to four things in particular:

  • The importance of getting it down first, without ...

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