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Preparing for Writing

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Sometimes when writing, one finds themselves stuck. This can be either in the initial prewriting or even later in the writing process. It’s okay to get stuck! Here are some strategies to pull through writer’s block.




Spell Check is not your friend. Yes, it catches some obvious errors, but it only highlights words that are not in the dictionary and doesn’t consider if the word is appropriate for the context of your sentence. For example, “The dog eight on the patio” will go undetected as being the same as “The dog ate on the patio” because eight and ate are both words in the dictionary. Proofreading is a task you will need to actively participate in.



When you are stuck in any point of the writing process, there are different techniques that you can use to spark inspiration. A common method is brainstorming. This is a great way to organize your thoughts and find your strongest and weakest points. There are no right or wrong brainstorming methods.



“According to research, professional writers spend 25 percent of their time revising manuscripts, yet secondary school students devote less than 1 percent to editing and revising. If the time professional writers spend revising their manuscripts is indicative of what any writer might do, then revision is a most neglected aspect of teaching composition. Students need to learn techniques for editing papers so what they finally submit is not equivalent to a first draft.”  — “The Importance of Revision in English Composition,” The Education Digest by Mark Christiansen