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Three paragraph drafts for the lesson,
The Three Most Important Rules for Writing


The first draft was revised to shorten it to the required length. Can you spot the differences among the three versions?
Last revised: January 26, 2004

 

Three Rules of Writing (First Draft)

     Having taught writing for many years, I believe that being confident, observant and skillful are three rules a serious writer needs to follow. Writing expresses our self to the world. Thus, confidence in one's self is essential in writing. Without it, the page remains blank. Secondly, one must as my wife says, "notice the weirdest things." I take that as a compliment, for good observation is the next rule a writer must follow for success. Observing comes before writing and gives the raw material needed for communication. Lastly, and most importantly, having skill is a rule to follow closely. Skill comes from practice and paying attention (observation, again). No writer writes without his tools: the word, the sentence, the paragraph. Follow my three rules and I can assure you that your writing will improve. 134 words

Three Rules of Writing (Second Draft)

Having confidence, being observant and mastering skills are three rules a serious writer should follow. Writing expresses our self to the world; thus, confidence in one's self is essential to writers. Without a confident writer, the page remains blank. And, as my wife says, "you notice the weirdest things." Observing comes before writing: the last rays of light on a peat lake need to be seen before we describe them. Most importantly, a writer must master the skills and vocabulary to say what she really means. No writer writes without tools: word, sentence, paragraph. Observe well, master skills and, in the end, gain the indispensable confidence a writer requires. 109 words

 

Three Rules of Writing (Third Draft)

     Having confidence, being observant and mastering skills are three rules a serious writer should follow. Writing expresses our self to the world; thus, confidence in one's self is essential to writers. Without a confident writer, the page remains blank. Observing comes before writing: the last rays of light on a peat lake observed before their beauty is described. As my wife says, "you notice the weirdest things." Most importantly, a writer must master the skills and vocabulary to say what she really means. No writer writes without tools: word, sentence, paragraph. Observe well, master skills and, in the end, gain the indispensable confidence a writer requires. 106 words

 

 

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