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Writing for Business: Expert Solutions to Everyday Challenges by Harvard Business School Press

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Writing the First Draft

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AS YOU WRITE YOUR first draft, remember that it’s more important to get it written than to get every detail right! The first draft can be rough in sentence structure, spelling, grammar, and punctuation. It’s for your eyes only.

Getting it down in rough form has two benefits. First, it focuses your mind on the key ideas you intend to include. Second, because you will have only a small investment in a rough draft, you will feel more comfortable changing the order of your material—or discarding it altogether.

Begin where you feel most comfortable

There’s no rule that says you must start writing at what will end up being the ...

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