A draft helps you organize your work and get your thoughts down on paper.
Before you start writing:
As you write:
- Review the notes or tape recording of the interview
- Think about what you learned from the person.
- Include the details that you think are the most interesting.
- Make a list of ideas you want to be sure and include in your final paper. These ideas will serve as your main ideas.
- Highlight notes and quotes that support the ideas you choose.
- Focus on information and allow your ideas to flow freely.
- Don't worry about grammar, spelling, and punctuation. You will correct your work later on.
A good oral history draft includes:
- all your thoughts
- as many details as possible
- complete thoughts and ideas
- enough information to turn into a final version