One of the tips that has really helped me the when writing and improving my writing is, write your thoughts before organizing them. My mind flows when I am writing a paper or thinking about the topic and I sometimes forget to write everything down, so before I write a paper I sit down and really think about my topic, then I just write words and phrases that come to mind so that when I start my paper I have a general idea about what I want to write.
First of all, any student wanting to improve his or her writing abilities should grasp this concept, freewriting! Some may not know exactly what that is, maybe it’s a daily paragraph in your diary or just some words expressing your thoughts when no one else is listening. It says in the text, “ They are sometimes called “automatic writing,” “babbling,” or “jabbering” exercises.”
The first step is something I like to call, The Royal Rumble of Ideas. The path in which my paper will follow as well as my thoughts and ideas are formed from the first process. The way in which it does this, is by requiring the writer to apply an abundant amount of focus on one particular area; whereas, the typical strategy, asks for the writer to just write (cue eye roll). If I am to construct a story, I must utilize this step. En passant, I might add, the crux of the former element is very much similar to the latter, as well as in the way in which it works. The commonality to which I am referring, is rumination. The simplicity of it is bemusing, especially considering it’s efficiency, but I will describe that later. The way this is utilized, is by requiring the writer to mull over what they will write next. For example: When I am writing, regardless of the type of paper, I will deeply contemplate what my next sentence will be and how it will be phrased. Incidentally, in English class, I will often be seen staring into the ether, as if I am on a psychotropic drug. There is, however, a reason behind this seemingly sinister image. As I described, rumination is crucial in my writing process: In order to produce a sentence, or a paragraph for that matter, I must distill information from that contemplation. (See, it even
The Impact English 111 Has Had on My Writing I frequently find myself reminiscing about the past semester and what I have learned in just a few weeks. English 111 has introduced me to new strategies to further improve my papers such as strategies to produce ideas, planning, and methods to organize my work. One strategy I learned in English 111 was the writing process. The writing process includes four detailed steps that I used to help me write papers. The first step of the writing process would be to be prewriting, also known as the invention stage. The prewriting stage is where you produce an outline or when you write down idea that you want to talk about in your paper. I often start by making an outline, labeling my paragraphs. The next step of my prewriting process would be to write down important ideas onto note cards, especially if I am writing a research paper. After writing an outline or putting your ideas on paper the writing process suggest that you get started. The next operation of the writing process would be revision. The ins were many authors use the A.R.R.R strategy, this stands for add, rearrange, remove, and replace. This would be where you add in crucial details, rearrange the order to ensure the flow of
While writing, most of us don’t think of the ways we develop and create ideas or how we construct them into words. We don’t think about where we get the ideas from and how we choose to write what we write. Some say our ideas come from our own knowledge and experiences and that we simply make connections. While others say that ideas are always taken from different sources. In the text “Tracing Trajectories of Practice” by Kevin Roozen, Roozen discusses his study which traces the ways in which people write what they write. The text mentions a participant named Lindsey as an example, and explains Lindsey’s process and the methods she uses while writing.
3. Brainstorming- To brainstorm is a prewriting tool used to generate topics and subtopics for writing.
Week #6 DB No ideas! No organization! Are some of many things that ran through my mind when I write, especially when I write about topics that I am not intersted in or topics that I have no prior knowledge on. One reason I hate writing is because of my language barrier and my lack of experiences, therfore when I am forced to to wite about an unintersteing subject the process of generating ideas becomes boring, long, and dreadful. It all started when my 5th grade teacher asked us to write a book review on the book “ Holes” by Louis Sachar. This assignment was the most diffcult writing assignment because the book was boring, i did not find anything in the book that interset me and no matter how hard I tried their was no text- to-self connection. Another reason why I hated this assignment was I was required to include quotes from the reading to support my answers, however I it was diffcult because I did not have the answers to the questions. I took the time out to
Brainstorming helps me to write the perfect research paper. We had Spontaneous group discussions in my class which helped me to get new ideas about my topic. We had a peer review every week once rough draft is prepared. This process helps me to me correct and analyze the more points required for rewriting my research paper. It is always a good habit in taking other views and ideas in any academic writing can result in reduce errors like grammar, sentence formation and increase in creating more ideas to implement in the paper.
Hi Scierra, I really enjoyed reading your discussion post. You provided some wonderful insights about generating ideas and right brain thinking. I completely agree with you that it was kind of difficult to think of five things in order to generate ideas and think in new ways. Leaving home, I believe is an important way to generate ideas because it gets yourself away from the same environment and you can think of new ideas outside of your home. Writing always helps me when generating new ideas. If I don't write my ideas right when I think of them, I forget them instantly and never really go back to figure out what they were or what I was thinking. All my life I have heard the statement “Fake it till you make it!” I have never thought about
Although Lamott is an experienced writer but she was close minded and narrow when she talked about ways to generate ideas. Of course, you have the shitty first draft, but that is not the only way to go about creating new ideas or brainstorming for your paper. There are many other ways to get your ideas down on paper. For instance, you can brainstorm with 2 or 3 different people. Kenneth Bruffee, a professor and writer says that working with others also helps us
By examining the ideas in the essays Freewriting by Peter Elbow and The Makers Eye: Revising your own manuscripts by Donald Murray. One can gain a better understanding of the process of turning a piece of writing from an inspiration into a craft. By examining the elements lined out in each essay can be beneficial in creating a piece of writing that is beyond a college or student level. Elbows essay lines out the importance of a strong prewriting regimen. That editing too early can ruin writing. He believes that by using the method of free writing, it can inspire ideas that may be limited when worrying about grammar. While Murray emphasizes the necessity to create many drafts to form writing into its full potential. Saying each draft is an opportunity to discover what the author has to say and they the best way to say it. By transforming writing into its maximum potential it goes from being an idea an inspiration a masterpiece.
Personally, I sometimes have difficulty generating a topic worthwhile. I usually get through these moments by taking a break from writing or asking friends or teacher for advice. Usually this works, but generally a writing topic is better when it is unique to the writer. It may be difficult to write passionately about an idea garnered by someone else. Reading the Lunsford provided advice to overcoming writers block. According to the Lunsford, writing any word that comes to mind about an assignment is an effective way to develop ideas, as well as writing freely about anything for approximately 10 minutes. Other methods include drawing, to stimulate visual imagery and clustering to develop topics to write about. If these methods do not work, it is usually beneficial to consult outside resources like the internet or ask questions and collaborate with other
One essential step or process in becoming a better writer to me is thinking and planning. These are similar to whereas I can use them to further my knowledge in the beginning stages of writing.
In most literature, syntax takes a standard form that most can recognize. Despite this standard form, the author still has a great deal of leeway in developing sentences to create moods and convey thoughts. The author may choose longer sentences or shorter sentences. He or she may use larger words that flow or shorter words that help break up the passage. The possibilities are virtually endless.
To approach writing, Elbow explains that “…Writing calls on two skills that are so different that they usually conflict with each other: creating and criticizing.” (7) That means writing requires the ability to come up with ideas yourself and also the ability to criticize and refine