I do not prepare to speak by sitting down and writing out what I want to say word-for-word. An outline is as close as I ever get. And yet, I’m a real fanatic when it comes to preparation. When working on a new presentation or adding new material to an old one, I don’t sit down at the computer and write a rough draft. I stand up and do a spoken rough draft out loud. Then I polish (aloud) that rough draft into a final presentation. Ultimately, this process saves time and effort.
How to Write a Rough Draft | eHow
November is National Novel Writing Month, most often referred to as NaNoWiMo or NaNo. I’m typing my way toward 50,000 words to create part of a novel rough draft.
Now it's time to sit down and write your rough draft
This is the "Rough Draft" text of the Declaration as Jefferson probably presented it to Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, for correction, prior to committee. A transcription is provided on this page. Click the image for an enlargement.
Writing a Rough Draft without the Stress
You’ve already done a lot of the hard work. You have clarifiedyour topic and collected as many ideas as you can. You have specificscenes and details you want to use. Now it’s time to write the roughdraft.Your rough draft doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’teven have to be good. Nobody even has to see it. When you are writingyour rough draft, give yourself permission to write poorly. Thisis your opportunity to explore your thoughts and ideas without worryingabout how it sounds. This is not the time to focus on word choiceor organization. The idea is to take the thoughts from inside your headand put them on paper, or computer screen so you have somethingto work with.Nobody writes a masterpiece the first time around. Evencelebrated authors have to rewrite their work, sometimes over andover again. Hemingway wrote 39 versions of the ending to before he was satisfied. Thoreau spentfive years revising his first draft of .Consider a lousy rough draft a good start. You’re probably not going to write your entire rough draftin a single session. That’s perfectly fine. Breaks are an importantpart of the creative process. Breaks will keep you awake, alert,and fresh. You can take breaks to reward yourself for finishinga section, or if you’re feeling a little stuck.