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English Composition I
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• This phase is NOT called writing on purpose

• Writing is the WHOLE process

• Drafting is just the physical act of writing down your ideas in sentence/paragraph form

• Writers get into trouble when they make this phase of the process too dominant

• The thinking should already be done

• If anything, drafting should be a relief to finally have something tangible


• Drafting involves composing draftS

• Yes, plural – draftS

• Anything worth sharing with an audience is worth multiple drafts

• The first draft is often called a rough draft for a reason

• How something works on paper is often different than how it works in your head or in an outline

• This is NOT an increase in your workload


• Trying to make everything perfect the first time is what adds time and pressure

• How much time is wasted staring at the screen or paper trying to figure out WHAT to write?

• Knowing that things will change frees the writer

• Following the process and thinking BEFORE drafting frees the writer

• Drafting is really filling in the blanks on the outline/organization plan


• Word processing is encouraged (not required)

• Not having to erase or re-type is a revelation

• Once you learn to cut and paste, revision is your friend

• You begin to see the paper differently when changes are easy to make

• People used to word processing revise without even realizing it

• Writers begin to see drafting as what it is, not as the final product


• So sit down and DO IT

• If you’ve followed the process, you should have generated ideas already

• You should have organized those ideas in some way

• Drafting, knowing that it doesn’t have to be perfect, should be quick and painless

• In this class, the “rough” draft will be shared with and reviewed by fellow classmates

• Peer reviewers are early audience “test”