Developing ideas for clauses

Developing your raw idea requires putting together a drafting outline.

Drafting outlines provide context, background and explanatory notes for the clause you will eventually draft. They do the following things:

  • Provide detail of the problem or issue
  • Set out the relevant wider context of the issue
  • Outline the proposed solution
  • Outline the intended impact of the drafting.

The drafting outlines are more than just a set of notes. They are the story of the clause. As with any compelling narrative, they need to be authentic and well researched to have credibility and authority. Collaborate with others to make these stories well informed from multiple perspectives, and complementary. 

Most of the idea generation is done as part of our structured events series. However you can use TCLP resources and processes independently of the project to develop your own drafting outline.

You will need:

  • A virtual meeting space;
  • A timer;
  • Access to the gallery of clause ideas provided by the Project; and
  • Access to the drafting outline in Google Docs.

How you do it:

  1. Choose a raw idea from the gallery to develop into a drafting outline.
  2. Setting the timer for two minutes, ask the author of the idea to briefly introduce the idea: how and why they came up with it, what it is.
  3. Set a further six minutes on a timer, each open up the Google document and together populate the second column of the drafting outline.
  4. Approach collaborators and/or swap your drafting outline with another group. Set a timer for six minutes, and silently type feedback, suggestions, critiques or comments into the third column alongside the origin story.
  5. Allow the authors a minute to read through the comments and reflect, ask questions or reply.
  6. After you have responded to the comments and feedback, submit your reworked drafting outline by emailing it to