Writing a First Draft
You’re ready to write a first draft if you have selected an interesting topic, learned a lot about it, and decided on a focus. These tips will help.
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- Write while your prewriting is fresh in your mind.
- Use your planning as a basic guide.
- Write as freely as you can, getting as much down as possible.
- Include a beginning, a middle, and an ending.
- Sound like you care about your topic.
Understanding the Three Parts
Remember that a complete first draft includes a beginning, a middle, and an ending. Here is a quick guide to these three parts. (See pages 22–23.)