Working with Drafts
How can I develop an effective paper?
Keep in mind the importance of multiple drafts!
It is important to write more than one draft (one version) of your paper. All writers in an academic setting (including your professors!) write their papers/essays several times before submitting them to a professor or to a journal for publication.
Now you are ready to write a first draft of your paper. Include both a discussion of each idea and examples. Explain each example.
Stay on topic; don’t stray! Make sure that all of your points, discussion, and examples relate to the main thesis of your paper.
Now you are ready to write a second draft of your paper/essay. Read below to learn how.
First, Reread your paper. Rereading your paper helps you find ways to improve the essay’s/paper’s content (the information you include or what you have to say) and presentation (organization and sentence structure.) Reread your paper after taking a break. Come back to it after a few hours or even a day or two. Actively look for changes you can make. In other words, expect to make changes. Even the best writing needs revision, so assume that you will need to improve the paper.
Here are some ways to improve your draft:
Expect to write your paper two or three times (or more, if necessary) to work on the content (what you have to say.) After you have finished revising, edit your paper for grammar and punctuation.
For more suggestions on working with drafts, consult Drafts, Editing, and Revision.