With a framework in place, it's now time to work on the main text of your white paper. In this video, learn how to follow an iterative process, first by writing headlines and subheads, then by making space for outside materials. Only then will you write the main text—a task made much easier by the prep work that's gone before.
- Now it's time to dig into the central part of our paper,…the part between that front matter and the back cover.…Let's recap some of the decisions we made earlier.…It's going to be about eight to 12 pages in total.…That comes to only five to 10 pages of core material…when you subtract the cover page and such.…It's written for local government officials.…Their backgrounds and levels of technical knowledge…will vary greatly,…but we can assume they care about how solar power…affects their community.…
Although we're a commercial company,…our paper is about information, not sales.…We'll start by writing only the section heads…to create a sort of scaffolding…on which we can drape the text and other elements.…Here we have the document we started…in another video in this course.…I'll skip past the front matter to the main text…and just start brainstorming.…I know I'll want a section that states the problem…in a way the reader is likely to understand.…Perhaps first describing the energy mix…in communities around the country.…
- Describe the benefits of studying examples of white papers in your field before writing one.
- Cite the rules for using graphics in a white paper.
- Explain the different parts of a white paper.
- Cite how to incorporate outside materials into a white paper.
- Recall the protocol for quoting someone in a white paper.