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The Insider's Guide to Technical Writing by Krista Van Laan

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Drafting Your Draft

The first few paragraphs or topics you write could very well end up being scrapped. And that’s OK. This is a draft, not a finished piece, so don’t worry now about whether the wording is perfect or even if the organization is perfect. (Do, however, be worried about the accuracy of your information.)

Writing is an iterative process, and it is not always going to be perfect the first time out. Sometimes you have to start getting the words down to even know what the result might look like. The important thing is to write. You can always rewrite, revise, or reject what has been written, but you can’t do any of that if you haven’t written it in the first place. You can’t correct what doesn’t exist.

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