Look through the images below. Each one represents a drafting strategy to streamline this critical stage of the writing process. Descriptions are provided underneath for more specific informaton.
Drafting for Visual Learners
Imagine the paper as website.
Sketch it out.
A website layout provides an-easy to visualize organizational model
If you get stuck on organization, sketch out the paper as a website:
What goes on the main page?
What are the subpages?
Save transitions for revision
Draw words from pictures.
If you get stuck trying to describe something (especially in creative writing), find an image/images that match your ideas
Write a list of words to describe the image
Go back and write with that word list on hand for inspiration
If paragraph structure is a challenge, color-code as you write
Highlight the overall thesis and the topic sentence of each paragraph
Double check flow of paper by reading only the highlighted sentences
Use color to mark places that need revision, and continue writing without stopping and getting stuck on rough patches