9: Write the Final Draft
Step 9: Write the Final Draft
WRITING THE FINAL DRAFT
If you've followed the steps up to this point, you've done the following:
Now it's time to put everything together. If you're rushed for time, you may go straight from your working drafts to your final copy. If you've spent sufficient time planning, revising, and proofreading the various pieces of your essay, that may be enough.
The best next step is to write the entire essay out at least once before writing the final draft. Most authors do several revisions before they feel satisfied. You may not have this option. You have to make this decision based on when your essay is due, how much time you have allowed yourself to complete the process, and how satisfied you feel with what you've written. If you've done your composing on the computer, polishing a first draft becomes a bit easier.
Place your introductory paragraph first, then the three body paragraphs, and finally the concluding paragraph. read the entire essay over to make sure the paragraphs flow smoothly from one to the other and that the ideas connect in a logical way.
Every time you read your essay, ask yourself if you've expressed your ideas as clearly as possible based on your subject, audience, and purpose.
THE FINAL DRAFT
It's important to be clear about your teacher's requirements for a final draft. Here are some general guidelines that will help: