To successfully write a rough draft, make sure you have adequate time, a clear study space, notes on your topic to reference and an outline of ideas. Rough drafts should focus on creating a logical development with smooth transitions between paragraphs.
Having a ritual beforehand can help train the brain to focus when it is time to sit down and start writing. It’s also helpful to review any notes, outlines or thesis statements before beginning a rough draft. Looking over the material helps connect the different ideas. Do not focus on writing well or starting at the beginning. A rough draft can begin anywhere, and you can leave blanks as necessary. Write down ideas as best as possible without worrying about grammar, details and transitions.
Rough drafts generally do not need every little supporting detail or piece of information from reference material. Focus on getting the main ideas and a smooth sentence structure onto the page, and then fine tune the details when editing for the final copy. Before editing for the final copy, take a day or two away from the rough draft to be able to look at it with a fresh eye.