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Diagramming Tip: Write first, then draw the box

What?

When you're drawing a diagram, write the words first. Draw the box or circle around the words after you've finished writing what will go in the container.

Diagramming tip: write the words first

Why?

Writing first ensures the words will fit inside the container, since you'll draw it around what you've already written. You won't get stuck trying to squeeze the words into a space that's too small.

How many times have you seen people draw boxes on a whiteboard, then try to fit words and phrases into them, and have to start writing smaller or erasing the lines to make more room? Writing the words first

  • eliminates the problem of running out of space,
  • results in a nicer looking diagram, and
  • helps you look better while creating it.

Sometimes it's good to be inside the box.