Getting Organized

9 Oct

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” A.A. Milne was spot on with this quote and this idea can certainly be applied to the writing process.

I’ve spent a number of posts talking about the pre-writing process and I thought it a good idea to compile them all into one place.

First off, understanding the assignment is the key to writing a great essay. Once you’re clear about what’s expected of you, there are a number of pre-writing strategies you can employ to get you going. I’d recommend trying them all out; you may find that switching strategies will inspire new ideas or connections. Here are the links to each strategy post:


Clustering/Mind Mapping


The Topic Outline

If you need a sentence outline, simply follow the instructions for the topic outline that’s linked above and then use one of the pre-writing strategies to craft the sentences you need.


2 Responses to “Getting Organized”


  1. Roughing It « LHS Writing Center - October 16, 2012

    […] done the pre-writing and are now ready to write your rough draft. You sit down with pen & paper or in front of a […]

  2. An Essay Writing Tool « LHS Writing Center - November 1, 2012

    […] been posting a lot lately about the various elements of an essay starting at the pre-writing stage to writing and revising the rough draft. I’m also in the middle of breaking down the […]

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