The Second and Third and Fourth Drafts
After working feverishly for 21 minutes, you now have something to build on. Continue to resist the temptation to perfect a single paragraph. Instead, make several passes, improving your document each time. As you do, you’ll see connections and uncover depth you hadn’t seen before.
Your second draft will take about 30 minutes. The third draft may take 45 to 60 minutes. Using this method, each draft will take longer as you look at your work more critically.
Hold off on deep editing and proofreading until you have a nearly complete document. Once you have that, set your document aside for an hour or overnight so you can see it with fresh eyes. Or ask a colleague to review it for you. When you’re close to your work, it’s hard to see errors; instead, you see what you meant to write. When you’re ready to edit, try these strategies.
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About the Author
Ivy B. Grey is the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for WordRake. Prior to joining the team, she practiced bankruptcy law for ten years. In 2020, Ivy was recognized as an Influential Woman in Legal Tech by ILTA. She has also been recognized as a Fastcase 50 Honoree and included in the Women of Legal Tech list by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center. Follow Ivy on Twitter @IvyBGrey or connect with her on LinkedIn.