Top tips before you start a first draft:
- Find a time and place where you won’t be disturbed. If you’re easily distracted (you are not alone), force yourself to close your email inbox and go and sit somewhere quiet.
- Don’t be too concerned about the final product at this stage. It’s rare that the first draft will be the only draft, so don’t worry too much about words or editing out extraneous information. There will be time to improve the draft later.
- Use comment boxes and [Drafting Notes] to mark where you are going to put information that you don’t have yet.
- Don’t be daunted by a blank page. Start by writing a single sentence, or paragraph that tells the story.
Most importantly……. Spend time making a plan.