E. Writing the draft _ Now that you have identified a theme, prepared an outline, and created a list of all the information you need, you can integrate them into an essay. This is the time to thresh out the ideas you have listed and combine them into manageable paragraphs that can be revised and re_revised later on. When writing your draft, a very important thing to consider is to write first and edit later. Do not worry about word count limit at this point, as you might prematurely edit your essay and unwittingly remove interesting or important information.
2. Make excuses _ Lots of applicants have weaknesses in their application files, especially in their transcripts. Maybe you got low grades your freshman year. Maybe you had to leave school and work for a while. Maybe you got an F in that statistics class and had to retake it. Or maybe you got a degree in one field and are applying to grad school in a different field; or you didn't pass your medical residency exams the first time. Whatever your weakness is, do not offer excuses and do not bad_mouth anyone. So it wasn't your fault that the professor lost your final exam and flunked you, or jobs dried up in your original field of study, or you had the flu when you took the GRE. Don't say anything that sounds like an excuse or sounds like you are blaming someone else for you failing to achieve a goal. Even when it is true, it may make you seem whiny and unable to accept responsibility for your actions. Instead, address the weakness at the end of your statement, and explain how you have overcome it, learned from it, and are a better candidate now because of it.