Skip to content

Don’t stop the flow

Flowing streamWhen you’re writing the first draft of an assignment, it’s good to work in concentrated bursts without stopping. To maintain the flow, I make myself notes in square brackets as I write. I’m looking now at the draft of the introduction for my next book. There’s a statistic I need to look up later, so I’ve noted [CHECK]. For one paragraph, the information source is old so I need to double check elsewhere [CHECK OTHER SOURCE]. In a couple of places, I’m not sure of the date so I’ve made a rough guess and noted to verify it later. The final sentence should be really strong so later I’ll [IMPROVE] it. Once my draft is completed, I’ll go back and fix all the issues in one go. This method stops me from becoming distracted by details and allows me to concentrate on my main ideas.

Cath Senker
17 October 2019

Related articles

Printing your work

Printing a draft is like taking out a map halfway through a journey to remind yourself of where you’re going.

A bird’s-eye view

Use the Navigation Pane in Word to help you check the structure of your work.

Where is your reader?

When you’re writing, picture yourself working in a room and re-position your imagined reader as you progress.

Back To Top