The Drafting stage.


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    Post The Drafting stage.

    Post by nuhru_1098 on Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:16 pm

    The Drafting Stage

    When writing the first draft of your text, focus on content only and FORGET about language and mechanical aspects such as grammar, spelling, and punctuation. You must write freely and try to find the best way to communicate your ideas. Do not get stuck checking spelling and other nitty-gritty at this point! That will stop your writing flow! Remember the following points:

    • The opening paragraph (introduction) should present the text’s topic. Refrain from using the first person when doing this (No: “ In this essay I will present…”) and prefer a stronger opening technique to entice the reader to keep reading. For example, pose a provocative question, give a testimonial or illustrative story, or present interesting facts on the phenomenon under discussion.

    • The body (discussion) paragraphs should each present one idea or aspect of the general topic and begin with a topic sentence that will orient the reader to what follows within the paragraph.

    • Provide enough supporting sentences for the topic sentence, using examples, explanations, facts, opinions, and quotes. Consider the expected text length and go into detail accordingly.

    • Use connecting words (conjunctions and discourse markers, such as and, or, but, so, because, however, moreover, for example etc.) to logically unite arguments, sentences and paragraphs.

    • The ending (conclusion) should present summative remarks and repeat the text’s key idea or thesis in other words. Try to finish with a strong statement that will have your reader asking for more…

    • Orient yourself to the appropriate register called for by your audience and purpose of writing. Keep it simple when writing to young children; consider delving into polemics when aiming for university professors…

    • Try to diversify the words and phrases you use as much as possible, using synonyms, descriptive and figurative language, while considering the expected writing style of your text.

    • If time permits, read your draft very generally and redraft, making immediate global changes you feel are urgent. Don’t be to harsh on yourself and do not focus on fine nuances in meaning at this point.

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