Chapter 4: The Writing Process III: Drafting

Jordan Smith

Chapter Learning Objectives

  1. Use effective reading strategies to collect and reframe information from a variety of written materials accurately.
  2. Apply outlining techniques to begin drafting a document.
  3.  Plan, write, revise, and edit short documents and messages that are organized, complete, and tailored to specific audiences.
  4. Apply the principles of reader-friendly document design to various written formats.

Now that you’ve planned out your document and gathered information that meets your audience’s needs, you’re just about ready to start drafting the document’s message. At this point it’s worthwhile reminding yourself that the words you start entering in your word processor will look different from those your reader will eventually read. By the end of the drafting stage examined in this chapter, your document will be partway there, but how much revising you do in the fourth stage (see Ch. 5) depends on how effectively you’ve organized your message in the first step of this third stage.

1 Preparing, 2 Researching, 3 Drafting, 4 Editing           3. Drafting, 3.1 Organizing, 3.2 Outlining, 3.3 Stylizing Sentences and Paragraphs, 3.4 Document Design

Figure 4: The four-stage writing process and Stage 3 Breakdown


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