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4 Powerful Pre-writing Tips for Any Writing Project (2022)

4 pre writing tips

Has it ever happened to you? In your mind, you’ve created an article while taking a shower or going for a walk. And you want to write it down, but then there’s office work, you have to cook, clean, or do laundry, and finally, you sit back and decide to write, but it’s gone! You can’t put those thoughts into words anymore! Where did those words go? 

You had such a brilliant idea! It was meant to be written, but now you don’t know what to do! You all have ideas and thoughts in your mind that you want to get on paper, but it doesn’t quite work the way you want. Having some strategies and techniques that work for you will be helpful in the long run. 

I know, now you wanna eat a cupcake!

Writing is Far Different From DIYs

When you order anything online, imagine a cycle. It always comes with an instruction manual. You know what needs to be done. How to assemble it and everything about the case. 

Meanwhile, Writing!

Not only do you gather the “parts” yourself, but you must also fine-tune your system for putting them together to create a stunning piece of content. And what’s more, creativity means stepping into the unknown—the result could be somewhat clouded in doubt or a little uncertain.

You need to be consistent!

Writing Needs a Lot of Work

In the digital age, writing has taken on a new form. We are no longer limited to pen and paper but can communicate our thoughts through emails, texts, and social media posts. Despite this technological advancement, the process of writing has not changed. It is still laborious.

To write effectively, we must first think about what we want to say. This can be tough because so many things are vying for our attention—from work deadlines to Netflix shows. Once we have formulated our thoughts, we must put them into words that make sense to others. This process can be frustrating and time-consuming, but it is worth it because good writing can communicate complex ideas clearly and concisely. 

Let me share 4 tips that I think have proven quite useful for me, and I’m sure they’ll work for you!

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Let your words flow!

Tip #1

Freewriting

Free writing lets you just put your thoughts onto paper (or your computer) without worrying about grammar, punctuation, or organization. What works for some writers may not work for others. Some people prefer brainstorming and mapping out their ideas before they start writing, while others like to dive right in and let the words flow. There is no wrong or right way to write, as long as the final product is effective and meets the reader’s needs. 

Freewriting can be a great way to start a project, especially if you’re stuck. It can also help you to clarify your thoughts and come up with ideas for what to say next. Freewriting is a great exercise for any writer, whether you’re just starting or you’ve been writing for years. 

The best way to get started is to set a timer for 10-15 minutes and just write whatever comes into your head. Don’t worry about making sense or being perfect – the goal is simply to get your thoughts down on paper.

Tip #2

Clustering

Clustering is a great way to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper. It allows the creative side of your brain to run wild, and you can usually come up with a lot of good ideas in a short amount of time. The best part is that it’s a very flexible technique—you can change or add to your clusters as you go along.

This strategy is also similar to mind mapping. That involves drawing a diagram with a central topic in the middle and adding branches with related subtopics. You can use this technique to brainstorm topics, organizational ideas, or even specific points you want to make in your essay.

The mind can continue to stray down connected paths of thought while clustering. Ideas inspire additional ideas, and the connections we make prevent us from losing sight of the initial idea.

Finally, freewriting is a great way to loosen up and get started on your project. Don’t concern yourself with spelling, grammar, or punctuation; just sit down and start writing.  

Tip #3

Outlining

Outlining is a great way to start putting your ideas into words. It can help you to see the structure of your argument or story, and it can help to keep you on track. An outline helps to organize ideas and thoughts, making writing much easier. Additionally, outlining can help identify gaps in research or understanding early on in the writing process, before too much time is invested. 

In my opinion, outlining is the most beneficial prewriting technique. You can get something onto a blank piece of paper using techniques like freewriting and clustering, which can help you loosen the clogged ideas in your head. However, a traditional outline is the only way to organize those jumbled thoughts into manageable order.

Using freewriting or clustering in addition to outlining is what we believe to be the most effective approach. Use one of the first two “brainstorming” techniques to organize your jumbled thoughts before creating an outline. 

Tip #4

Looping

Looping can help you get your ideas flowing when you feel stuck while writing. Looping is a freewriting technique that allows you to focus on your ideas to discover a writing topic. To loop, simply write down your topic and then start freewriting about it. Grammar and spelling are not important; (for now), just let your thoughts flow. Write for five or ten minutes, then stop and read what you’ve written. If something sparks an idea for a new paragraph, start writing again. If not, go back to your original topic and keep looping. 

Final Thoughts

Many techniques can help you when it comes to writing. Selecting a strategy can make the process easier and help you produce a piece of writing that is coherent and fluid. You may find it helpful to develop an outline or use brainstorming techniques to generate ideas before beginning to write. Additionally, you may want to take advantage of technology tools such as voice-to-text software or online dictionaries and thesauruses to assist with writing. 

If you like the concept of pre-writing. Do check: 

7 Tips to Help You Improve Your Writing Skills 

7 Simple Activities to Inspire Your Writing 

 

 

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Khushboo Sangwan

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It was easy when we were kids. Why don’t we dream like a 5 year old anymore? I mean we can, if we let ourselves. Hey I’m khushboo sangwan. My love for writing developed over years. It was about poems, quotes then motivation becoming thoughts. I love to get those ideas on a piece of paper serving on this digital screen. I guarantee you’ll find all that you need to know about growing years with amazing writing tips on the go. Keep on binging to the fresh content! ;-) 

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