Just as the line between “organizing” and “drafting” can be blurry, so to can the line between “first draft,” “second draft,” “final draft.” There’s often no hard stop between multiple versions of an essay, but rather a continual rolling improvement process. That’s why the term working draft is much more useful than numbering a specific draft. It gives the sense that it’s always in process, which is true.

The following video demonstrates moving an essay project from outline, to first draft, to a more polished draft.

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Notice that while this author didn’t make use of a Flash Draft, one could easily be incorporated into his process.