Monday, December 1, 2008
Drafting is usually the most time consuming part of the process when it comes to writing. But, if we generate ideas before we draft and leave revision till we complete it, then the actual process is shortened considerably!
The most important piece of advice when it comes to drafting, is to ‘listen to our inner creative voice’ without stopping to criticize it. One exercise that really helps and which I have personally found to be extremely useful is freewriting. More on freewriting later, but what it essentially means is that you write non-stop for 10 or more minutes, about the topic in hand. Once you get into the habit of freewriting, you’ll see how wonderfully simple it is to invent points, which you then use to create your draft.
If you can complete your draft without stopping to criticize your tone, correct your grammar or rewrite your sentences, you’ll have a piece that can then be worked on in your revising/editing stages. And in allowing your creative voice to come through, you’ll find that you have more on paper (or on screen) than you possibly intended. After that, it becomes really easy to pare it down to the essential points you've been trying to make.