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  • 1. Freewriting
  • 2. What it is:
    • To put it simply, Freewriting is getting your thoughts down with little to no struggle. This writing does not have a specific boundary other than your understanding of what you wrote.
    • If you do not understand what you are writing than use more descriptive words!
  • 3. Activity One : Freewriting
    • For ten minutes write without stopping. This kind of writing does not focus on whether your writing is good or even if it makes sense.
    • If you run out of things to say than simply write down “I have nothing to say” or write about how you feel at the moment. Keep repeating until more words come.
    • Don’t worry about writing to fast or capturing everything that comes to mind.
  • 4. Activity Two : Focused Freewriting
    • During this activity you need to write down words quickly, without planning or worrying about quality. The kicker is that you need to stay on one topic. Do this for ten minutes as done previously
    • If you need a topic than write about someone that was important to your writing.
  • 5. Break!
    • A boat is at anchor. Over the side hangs a rope ladder with rungs a foot apart. The tide rises at a rate of 10 inches per hour. At the end of six hours, how much of the rope ladder will remain above water, assuming that 10 feet were above the water when the tide began to rise?
  • 6. Answer?
    • Since the boat is afloat, the water level in relation to the ship stays the same. Therefore, 10 feet are above water, just as the beginning! 
  • 7. Tease
    • Objective: Connect all the dots above
    • Rules:
    • 1. Get a piece of paper and draw the dots as shown.
    • 2. Use 4 straight lines
    • 3. Your pen or pencil cannot leave the paper
  • 8. Activity Three : Clustering/Mapping
    • Put the word ‘writing’ or ‘writer’ in the middle of a sheet of paper. Jot down, around the word, all the words and concepts that you associate with that writing.
    • A cluster diagram is thus a “map” of how concepts and ideas and feelings live in your head. This is a good way to get possible subtopics and connections.
  • 9. Activity Four : Invisible Writing
    • This activity requires you to either turn off your monitor or lower your screen so you cannot see what you are writing.
    • Now, just as the second activity, take ten minutes to write on a specific topic.
    • This activity will increase your concentration because you cannot pause to see what you have written previously. Invisible writing should help you realize how often you get distracted from your topic.
  • 10.
    • These five activities should help you with your continued writing by making you focus on writing itself and not the very specific topics given for a paper.
  • 11.