Continuing the series on prewriting strategies, today’s post is about looping. This strategy is similar to brainstorming/free writing but with a slight tweak. Grab a piece of paper and let’s get to…
Write the subject/topic at the top of the page. Set a timer and free write. I’d suggest setting it for 10 minutes max to get started. The most important thing about free writing is to keep your pen or pencil moving the entire time. Don’t censor, edit, criticize, over think; just write. Even if you find yourself writing things like “I don’t know what to write about” or “I’d rather be outside” or whatever, keep that pen a-moving. Ideas will come, trust me.
Once time is up, go over what you’ve just written and circle the ideas/thoughts that interest you the most. Now flip your paper over and write your first circled subject/topic at the top of the page. Set a timer and free write again.
Rinse and repeat until you’ve looped through all of your primary circled ideas.
Once done, you should have a few pages of thoughts. You may only keep a couple of them but this is a quick and easy way to generate a lot of ideas in a short amount of time.
If you’d like help looping, come on in to the Writing Center! We’re here Mon-Fri 2:30-4:30pm. Sign up for an appointment in the Library (see the main counter) or email firstname.lastname@example.org