If you go to school, you will be given writing assignments; that’s a fact. Most classes involve writing so you can share your point of view or what you’ve learned about a topic. Depending on the class, you may be assigned essays, book reports, research papers or biographies.
Sometimes I experience writer’s block when I am trying to think of a topic for a paper or just get started writing. It helps to use brainstorming techniques to get ideas flowing when this happens.
Freewriting involves setting a time limit, such as 10 minutes, and writing or typing whatever comes to mind. The thought behind it is to free yourself from being focused on the details of the assignment. When time is up, keep the topic in mind as you read what you wrote, and typically you’ll find an idea that will help you get started.
Check out Brainstorming from The Writing Center, writingcenter.unc.
edu/handouts/brainstorming, to find details about this and other ideas to help with writing assignments.
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