Introducing A Practical Way For Organizing Ideas That's Epic
Last Update: Dec 7, 2022
Organizing your thoughts and ideas is an essential skill for any writer, but it takes work. Often writers either have too many ideas and need help figuring out where to start, or they have too little and never finish what they're working on.
It's crucial to organize your thoughts and ideas in a way that allows you to express them clearly in writing. There are several methods for doing this.
Here are a few suggestions:
1. Begin by brainstorming. You can do this on paper or whichever is more convenient for you. Brainstorm as many ideas as possible about the topic you're addressing. Be as creative as you can be. Keep your inhibitions against ridiculous ideas from writing them down. Also, don't feel that each idea has to be original.
In other words, you need to have a brand new idea or concept worth writing about. Sometimes, we need to write about the thoughts we've heard for years to bring clarity to the issue.
2. Write down your ideas, but wait to organize them. Just get them all down on paper or on the computer.
3. After you've got a good number of ideas on paper, take a step back from your writing. You'll need to view your ideas as a whole at some point, so take a moment to look at your ideas coherently. This doesn't mean that you have to have everything perfectly organized or spelled out, but you'll want to get a feel for your paper's direction.
4. Organize your ideas into a rough outline for your paper. You should have a good idea of what you plan on saying, but this can be an excellent opportunity to help pull your thoughts together. And see how they fit together. It is vital to make your outline simple enough, however. While it is essential to have some sort of order. You don't want to get bogged down in all of the minutiae right now—you can worry about all those details later.
5. Use your outline to draft the first few paragraphs of your paper. After completing your outline, you will have a good idea of how you want to start your essay. Use that as a jumping-off point and write the first couple of paragraphs. This will help you get into the flow of writing and help you get that first sentence down on paper.
6. Edit as you go. As you write, keep an eye out for awkward sentences. Make sure that all of your sentences are relevant to your thesis statement. Be careful to use the exact words sparingly. Also, you don't want your writing to feel choppy, so make sure you use transition words and phrases, especially in longer papers.
7. Revise and edit after writing your first draft. Many writers will tell you that editing is just as important as writing. Giving yourself time to look at your report and revise it will allow you to see your paper with fresh eyes, pointing out any mistakes or things that need to be changed.
8. Reread and proofread before submitting. This is the most important tip for writing a solid paper. Rereading your work and checking it for spelling and grammar mistakes will help ensure that you give your reader the best possible product.
9. Read carefully and follow directions. The writing assignment prompt is usually particular in terms of formatting, length, etc. Be sure to meet all of these requirements before submitting your paper.
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Some excellent advice and ideas here Kevin!
Thanks for the share my friend!
Wow, Kevin. These remind me of one of my business class way back when I was attending Kansas State University! It worked then, and it definitely works now. Thanks, my friend!
Here is a picture of me studying history at my old Uni in New Zealand. I use to wake up around opening time in those days..lol
Hey, Stevoi! What do you know? That looks just like me in my University days, my friend!
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Great ideas, and your picture gave me another idea. I am going to plan my posts like a tree. I will start with 1 main theme and then branch off into several different areas with more twigs of information radiating from there.
Hello Stephen, So glad I was able to help!