Getting Started: How does Pre-writing work?

Pre-writing explained  

Equipping you to write fast and efficiently is what we do best at Make writing your first draft faster and more efficient by pre-writing.

If you have ideas, you can start popping them into the right spots right away. If you're not sure where to start, we've got you covered - take it from the top. 

Here are the two core methods of completing your pre-writing.

Step-by-Step for Linear Thinkers
To get your pre-writing done as quickly as possible, start at the top of the accordion menu on the left side of your screen. 

Click the first item - follow the instructions. Most templates have some headings in the writing area to guide you.

Save your work and continue to the next section. Do this for each section all the way down the accordion menu. 

Click the Preview tab at the top of the writing area, next to the Compose tab, 
whenever you'd like to see a compilation of the pre-writing you've done. 

The pre-writing informs the writing you will do in your draft. Capture all your ideas during the pre-writing, even if you're unsure they'll make it into the draft. Robust notes in the pre-writing sections will make writing your first draft much easier - even if you don't feel like you're a writer.

Pre-writing also works for non-linear thinkers. 

For Non-Linear Thinkers

If your brain tends to jump from one idea to the next without warning, this is the method for you! You'll still start at the top because that's where you'll determine the foundation for the article. However, after you've established your topic, all bets are off. 

Have a look at each section and jot down any ideas that immediately come to mind. Going through each section will also give you an overview, so you'll know what information you'll need.  

Jump from section to section in any order as you continue to collect ideas for your article. Keep notes short - just enough information to help you remember your ideas. 

Continue processing your ideas until you feel you have sufficient content in each section. 

As long as you capture ideas under the appropriate section, when it comes time to write your draft, you'll have the information you need in the right spot. 

Play around with the Pre-writing sections to see which method works best for you. As long as you've got ideas in the Pre-writing sections that make sense to you, you're good to go!

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