NCO Primary Leadership Subjects
Lesson 4 Summary, Continued
As you prepare to write your paper:
Prepare to write
Define the purpose of your paper.
Define your audience.
Select an informal or formal approach, depending on your audience.
Select a format based on your approach and your audience.
Write an outline to guide you in developing ideas.
Revise the outline as new ideas occur to you.
Put thoughts on paper beginning with the main topic.
Package information into a structural framework that:
States the purpose in an opening sentence.
Puts the main point up front.
Uses short paragraph or section headings.
As you write, follow the principles of effective writing:
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