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How Should a Rough Draft of Your Term Paper Look?


A good term paper will go through many stages before it emerges complete. As you go on in your academic career you will become more and more comfortable with your writing, but at the early stage sit can be hard to know what’s right and what’s wrong. Don’t worry though, if you’re on an early draft of your paper it should look a little something like this:

  • Organized Chaos
  • Lots of Notes
  • Paper, Paper Everywhere
  • Mistakes
  • Lost Friends
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  • Organized Chaos
  • Because this is a rough draft your paper probably looks like it’s been dragged through a bush backwards. Don’t worry. All that mess will find a way to settle as you edit. Right now there are probably paragraphs in the wrong place, a chapter you can figure out how to fit in with others, your title page is in your drawer and you haven’t even started your bibliography, right? You should have the main text done to a decent standard, but don’t worry about the finicky elements just now. That’ll come later.

  • Lots of Notes
  • A good rough draft has a lot of notes written all over it. Red pen scribbled up and down as you prune those weeds out of your paper. You’re going to be chopping and changing a lot at this stage. Bit get moved around, ideas are solidified, the weak aspects get dropped. Just keep taking those notes and stay on track of your goal.

  • Paper, Paper Everywhere
  • You’re going to find paper all over the place. A chapter printed out and discarded. A title page you weren’t happy with. An abstract you didn’t need in the end. This is ok. So long as you keep your main paper in good condition and in a safe place you’ll be fine.

  • Mistakes
  • You’re going to find a lot of silly mistakes in a rough draft, that’s why it’s rough. Keep  tracking them and removing them and making that paper better and better with every edit. Keep writing and rewriting until all the words are done. Make it golden.

  • Lost Friends
  • At this stage, you’ve probably lost a few friends. One went for a coffee a week ago and hasn’t been seen since. Another is going to beat you over the head with a shoe if you make him read your paper another time. Don’t let it get to you. The drafting process is the hardest, most intense part, and you and your friends can regroup and help each other as the final hurdle approaches.

 
 

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