You spent hours working on it.
You gathered up fresh ideas, researched your arguments meticulously, and put in your time in the chair. The work paid off, too.
You got the words out of your head and onto the blank page and now, finally, you’ve finished writing your first draft.
Or have you?
When you read through your article, something terrible happens.
You know deep down it’s not very good. Those ideas you thought were great don’t quite hold up, there are gaps in the research and the writing.
Now, you’re unsure what to do.
A deadline is looming like a guillotine.
How are you going to take this messy first draft and turn it into something you can serve up to your readers?