- Collect all relevant information, facts, and illustrations.
- Draft a key sentence—a full sentence—stating your main objectives.
- Make a list of all major and minor subject headings. Then turn these into full sentences so that you have a propositional outline. Rearrange propositions as necessary.
- Draft the body of the report as quickly as possible, composing paragraphs in support of each propositional heading.
- Revise critically, proportioning the parts, checking for consistency throughout, examining the details of topical transitions, and improving your wordings.
LawProse Lesson #381: How to write an effective report.
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