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Friday, August 19, 2016 Draft Comfortably and Productively

I would be surprised if there was a single college student that had never procrastinated on an important writing assignment. To be honest, it's the norm to procrastinate on important papers. Many of us use the excuse that “I work well under pressure” or “I wasn’t motivated until now.” But to be honest, you need to think critically about important papers and work in a way that avoids procrastination and that is most fitting to you.

In the 8th edition of Kate L. Turabian’s "A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Dissertations, and Theses," it is suggested that you draft comfortably and develop “productive drafting habits” (p. 74).

Draft Comfortably

Whether you draft quickly or slowly isn’t really a big deal. I think a lot of people get frustrated with this portion because we’ve been taught to think that the better way to draft is slower. This isn’t necessarily true. If you draft slowly, make sure to take your time planning out deadlines and where things need to go so that you don’t miss any details. If you draft quickly, that is fine, just make sure you leave plenty of time for large amounts of editing.

Draft Productively

Here are some tips for improving your drafting skills to be more efficient:

  • Don’t write under pressure.
  • Make a plan for writing and follow your own deadlines.
  • Set small goals.
  • Draft repeatedly and frequently.
  • If you’re stuck, work on a different section.
  • Know when to stop researching and start writing.

These ideas will help you keep on track and continually thinking about your paper. They will help you explore all arguments cohesively and lower the chances of you missing something simple in your paper. With longer papers, drafting is an extremely important step. So, even though it seems daunting, setting small goals for yourself will help in the end.

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