Prewriting • • • The writing process consists of three stages: Prewriting – Writing – Revising Prewriting stage is the most creative stage of the writing process, the stage where you explore your ideas and the connection among them. Even experienced writers use a series of specific prewriting techniques before they get to their final draft. Prewriting Techniques • • Free writing • Brainstorming Clustering/Branching • Asking questions Free writing Freewriting is a prewriting technique in which you write freely without a care for spelling or grammar and where you write all the ideas that come to your mind within a given time, even if they may not be properly sequenced. • • free writing might seem at first a bit of a struggle. your ideas might initially look disorganized, but you will eventually be able to connect them with other ideas that will contribute to the final written output. • the trick is to get out of the way, and let your subconscious take over. Most writing exercises ask you to think. This one requires you do anything but that. Exercise: • If you could create a mobile application for an iPhone or iPad, what would it be? (Time: 5 minutes) Brainstorming • • • is best done with a group who provide individual ideas about the subject matter the top priority of brainstorming is quantity over quality. the most important thing to remember about this process is that there are no bad ideas in brainstorming. Exercise: • • • • • Form two groups and start listing all of your ideas about one of the following prompts: - I believe animals exist to… - Social media & Narcissism - Fake news - Health Clustering/mind mapping • • • allows you to explore how ideas fit together begin by writing the main idea/ topic in the middle of the page and circle it as you think of related ideas write them down and circle them, too. • • draw lines to connect the new ideas to the ones from which they came from. repeat the process until you feel the subject is completely covered. Branching • • • • Allows you to connect related ideas Begin by writing the main idea/topic on the left side of your paper and then enumerate the related ideas to the right of it The new related ideas may branch out into other ideas Draw lines to connect the ideas • Exercise: Use either mind mapping or branching techniques to connect ideas about one of the following concepts: -Academic writing -Prewriting techniques Asking questions Who? What? Where? When? Why? How? • In everyday situations, you pose these kinds of questions to get more information. Asking these types of questions will also help you with the writing process. As you choose your topic, answering these questions can help you revisit the ideas you already have and generate new ways to think about your topic.