Professional Writing Skills: A Write It Well Guide

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2 WRITE THE FIRST DRAFT

INTRODUCTION
When you have completed your writing plan, the first draft almost writes itself. You've already done the hard work-deciding what you want to accomplish, finding the right words to express your main points, and selecting and organizing the facts and ideas you need to influence or inform readers.The next step is to use that plan to write a first draft.
OBJECTIVES
In this lesson, you'll learn to write a professional and effective first draft by:
Reviewing your writing plan and revising it as needed to make sure it is sound
Writing an opening that catches readers' attention and clearly states what you are writing about
Using transitions to link points, paragraphs, and sections smoothly
Using lists to present information so readers can grasp it quickly
Writing a closing that sums up points as needed and tells readers clearly what happens next

WHAT YOU NEED
Two or three samples of your writing
The writing plan that you completed in Lesson 1

REVIEW YOUR WRITING PLAN
Before starting the first draft, take a few moments to review your writing plan. There are two reasons for doing this:
If there are any inconsistencies in the plan, it's important to correct them before you begin the first draft.
This review helps you keep your plan in mind when you start writing-particularly if time has passed since you finished planning.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents v
  • Introduction 1
  • Overview 5
  • 1: Develop a Writing Plan in Six Steps 11
  • 2: Write the First Draft 59
  • 3: Use Concise Language 101
  • 4: User Language 115
  • 5: Use Correct Grammar 137
  • 6: Use Correct Punctuation 173
  • 7: Write Effective E-Mail 217
  • Resources Consulted and Recommended for Continued Learning 235
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