Answered By: BethMarie Gooding
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2018     Views: 2169

A rough draft is a version of your paper that is complete but not polished. It's a good idea to write an outline before starting your rough draft, to help organize your ideas and arguments.

Here are the steps you can take to write your rough draft:

  1. Choose a topic
  2. Find information 
    1. Identify the issues related to your topic
    2. Locate books, articles, and reports that give you background information and more
  3. Create and state your thesis
  4. Organize your thoughts and notes
  5. Make an outline
  6. Find more information, this time find content that supports your points
  7. Write your introduction
  8. Write the body of the paper
  9. Write the conclusion of the paper

The purpose of a rough draft is to allow you to write your paper in the form described above and then edit it or revise it, based on feedback from a tutor or the Online Writing Lab. Getting feedback on your draft allows you to create a better paper and to become a stronger writer.

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