Writing techniques... Choose the most useful to you

Writing techniques that can help your writing

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There are techniques for almost everything. And that is the case of writing. Whether creative, scientific or journalistic writing, we will present different techniques that can be of great help if you dedicate to writing.

May be you do creative writing. Maybe you write a paper for a class. Whatever subject or style you write the writing techniques may help you. We will point out some the best here for you. Choose which techniques seem most useful to you and try them. You will probably see some benefits.

Listing

Listing is a very simple technique. As its name suggests, is a brainstorming technique in which you make a list of ideas. If you have to write an essay and are having some difficulty, you simply write out in linear form a list of ideas. You don’t have to worry about grammar as you can put down your ideas, phrases or quotes, as bullet points, or as numerical points. But if you’re the kind of person who likes to see things laid out in an organized way, this is a good technique to try. The advantage of this technique is that it enables ideas to be generated more quickly than with clustering, as the ideas can be written in any order.

Mind-mapping (Clustering)

This technique is call Clustering or Mind-mapping. It is basically a visual brainstorming technique. It is especially useful for visual learners. The advantage of this technique is that ideas are organised on the page, making it easier to move to the outlining stage of the process. As a result, it is the most popular brainstorming method with students.

Free Writing

Freewriting is a technique in which the writer writes from what is in his mind at the moment of writing, in continuous prose, hoping that one or more brilliant ideas will appear. The advantage of this technique is that it might enable you to generate ideas when the other methods fail. However, it is not generally favoured by students of academic writing. It takes more time, and the writing you produce will be disorganised. Part of it will also be discarded at the end. It is more useful when writing creative works such as stories, poetry, songs. In a nutshell thism ethod consist of:

  1. Write the topic at the top of your paper.
  2. Write as much as you can what you feel or what is in your mind just now.
  3. Once you run out of ideas, reread your passage and highlight the useful ideas.
  4. Organize the ideas and use them to write an outline.

Focused Free Writing

This one is a similar slightly different application of free writing. It focused more on whatever the topic you are meant to write about. You again write non-stop, typically for 10 minutes, everything that comes to your mind. Again the beauty of this method is that you forgot abaut grammar or spelling. You just focus on ideas and this time you focus on the topic not just what is in your mind at the moment of writing.

Loop Writing

Questioning

The Questioning Technique is exactly what it says. You imagine the questions your reader might want to know about your topic and you set about answering them as you write. So our old friends ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’, ‘why’, ‘when’ and ‘how’ come in very useful here.

Cubing

Quite an interesting technique this one. It’s called cubing because it allows you to look at a topic from six sides, like a cube. It’s recommended that you spend 5 minutes exploring each of the "sides" of the topic:

  1. Describe it: what’s it look like?
  2. Compare it: what are the similarities or differences to?
  3. Aanalyze it: what’s it made of?
  4. Associate it: what does it remind you of?
  5. Apply it: what can you do with it?
  6. Argue it: take either side, and position yourself
This can be an excellent strategy when your ideas dry up and you come to a sudden stop. It is also a technique to use when you’re trying to decide how to tackle a topic.