When forced with the task of writing an essay, you’re probably not all that interested in writing beyond the set requirements.
We know this.
We also understand the idea of prewriting might sound foolish, troublesome and pointless, but we’re here to tell you it’s the opposite.
So, why Prewrite?
Prewriting allows you to formulate your ideas in the simplest of ways. It encourages you to generate and clarify concepts in your terms. We’re sure you’re thinking that you could just do that by thinking about your topic, but that doesn’t work nearly as well.
First, by pre-writing, you are creating a record of your ideas to use later when you begin your first draft. We are sure you can remember these points you would like to make, but the bigger the essay, the more things you will have to remember.
Second, when you sit down, think and write out your ideas you are focusing your brain which allows for the creation of better ideas. Usually, the first things you think of aren’t all that interesting, so prewriting helps you go beyond average.
Third, having your best ideas written down helps you stay organized. It is critical to be as organized as possible when writing an essay. If you start with a large amount of organization, it will inevitably increase your chances of producing a well-organized and coherent paper.
All types of writers use prewriting. There’s also more than one way of doing it!
Here are four valuable approaches:
- Mind Mapping (also known as clustering)
- Journalists' Questions