How to write the first draft of your essay


In a word, do it quickly. Once you have spent the time researching the topic you have chosen and you are ready to start the actual writing, the key here is speed. There is no need to concern yourself with sentence structure, spelling, syntax and even the structure of your essay. You are here to get ideas down on paper as quickly as possible. If you are writing by hand or typing on a keyboard is not important. What is important is the fact that you let the ideas flow. In many ways it's a type of brainstorming although you would've used a brainstorming session to create ideas in the first place.

Don't put any emphasis on the introduction. You know your ideas because of your brainstorming and note taking and now you need to write sentences. They may not make sense. They may not be in the correct order. But they need to be written. Get them down as quickly as possible.

If you come to an idea and don't feel you are equipped to write about it in the right detail at present, skip it. Move on to those ideas in those sections which you do feel confident to write about and finish them first. The whole point is that you finish the first draft quickly and then go back and nit-pick it. You go back and look at those sections which are lacking in detail and information. If necessary you conduct further research so that you will have the information to complete those sections. But this is called repairing or tidying up or improving the first draft. You only start this repairing or improving after you've finished your first draft.

Have another think about your thesis statement

Because you have finished your first draft you may now want to go and revisit your thesis statement. Does it match the ideas you have described in quickly writing your first draft? If not, rather than rewrite your first draft, think about rewording your thesis statement. Hopefully you are not off the topic completely but it might need a bit of rejigging with your thesis statement so that your first draft accurately matches this statement.

The first draft needs to work for you. The completed work needs to work for you but particularly the first draft. Don't go thinking about whether or not you have supplied the right amount of evidence or that each idea flows one into the next. Just simply write it the way it feels right for you. Once again it's easier to go back and rewrite things rather than be thinking about what you should write next. Simply write it and then later, when you have finished the first draft, go back and find ways to improve it.


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