So we were introduced with many strategies to help us get into the writing zone, and I would like to not only bring them back up in a digital form for all of us to have, but I would like to put a couple of activities I have learned in the mix as well to make writing much less of a burden and chore, and something that’ll bring a smile to your face.

  • Get all of your resources together

    This will help to make sure you are getting a bigger picture of all the possibilities you can write about, but just the activity of moving about and grabbing it all will help to stimulate the mind in the writing process.

  • Managing What You’ve Acquired

    Do whatever it takes for you to fully manage what you’ve got. This includes creating external ideas to what you’ve been thinking, otherwise you’ll lose it (at least for me this is true). Also, find a way to get all of your notes together that makes sense for you.

  • Leverage All of These Resources

    Go through all of these notes, napkins, papers, books, drawings, etc in about an hour. It’ll force you to not only wrap your head around everything, but you’ll also start to get connections to start brewing in your brain. This is critical in starting to write.

  • The Epic Quote Sheet

    Make the quote sheet as you read (and I also think as you are going through the hour structure-fest as well), a document which contains goodies of quotes that you can be able to draw from at any moment in time. These will help to support your arguments, but they may be a source of inspiration for your connections. You can also put your insights here as well, as chomping through these multiple times will arrive you at a deeper understanding than you would have without doing this exercise (I do this for Erik’s critiques).

  • Spit Out Something Here!

    This blog is a breeding ground of friendliness and ideas. There’s enough people and ideas here that someone will be bound to read what you have written and give you ideas, critique, ways to improve, and ways to not have your writing be called lunch meat (bologna).

  • The Epic Abstract Doc

    Another tool to get a lot of information out there in your mind, and if you really need to hurry, you can copypasta (copy-paste) all of the abstracts in one large document. Then you can print it out and get insights about what the literature in the field you are about to write about is saying. You’ll be more prepared than doing than nothing.

  • Scribble, Synthesize, and Make Distinctions

    We pretty much know how to do this already, but the important part of stating this is that it comes towards the middle (at least, my interpretation of Thursday) of the actual writing process, if you went through the steps above. These will be much more informed if you have gotten the chance to get everything in your brain before just dumping words in Word.

  • The Outline

    When these distinctions are being made, that’s the time for you to whip out your outline, comboy/girl. These distinctions you have made earlier will make this pretty easy, and will help to organize your argument.

  • Speak Out Your Argument

    One of the things I have found to help in aiding writing is trying to speak the argument you are trying to make. As you are hearing yourself talk, you’ll be able to critique yourself and see where you need to travel next in your writing. Then you can go to a whiteboard and make even more external cognitions and jump towards the finish line.

At the end of the day, the writing clarity can be really helped by these strategies. I just also recommend just trying to get someone’s 5 minutes of time and just talk it out. It’ll be better than keeping your argument to yourself.