All of these steps and actions so far are “prewriting”actions. Again, almost no one just sits down andstarts writing a paper at the beginning—at least not a successful paper! These prewriting steps help youget going in the right direction. Once you are ready to start drafting your essay, keep moving forward inthese ways: Write a short statement of intent or outline your paper before your first draft. Such a road map can be very useful, but don’tassume you’llalways be able to stick with your first plan. Onceyou start writing, you may discover a need for changes in the substance or order of things in youressay. Such discoveries don’tmean you made “mistakes”in the outline. They simply mean you areinvolved in a process that cannot be completely scripted in advance.