From Brainstorming To Writing

Let’s talk about academics so although academics is very broad we want to go and hone it down and let’s say that I have a very specific passion for history so before we move on I just want to give you some time to talk about and think about in chat us with what you think we could write in terms of passion for history so go ahead and do that what are some unique points and stories that will help me and help my writing stand out and be specific give you a few more seconds to let us know what you think help us brainstorm we’re seeing specific experiences or trips writing a play based on historical figure oh these are great a certain event in history that I’m particularly interested in attending lectures at local schools historical board game yeah yeah these are great. More information on brainstorming at

So for me I’ve written that I could write about my passion for history specifically as a subset of the broad academics category of course so moving down to the box I can write about how my his passion for history and the broad topic of academics are related to an award-winning project about the Silk Road and then how I am particularly interested on on particularly interested in how ingredients traveled to influence different cuisines back and forth on the Silk Road again this is just a quick example of how you can get started on brainstorming about what to write for your essay so let’s decide that out of these three topics of family community and academics I select family as the topic that I would like to keep talking about okay so we’ve completed our brainstorming session but how do you move forward from brainstorming to actually putting together all the pieces into a cohesive written essay so this is where the outlining part comes in so now certain things like grammar run-on sentences and other writing mechanics are pretty easy to understand but before you do that it’s really important to have a bare-bones outline in a roadmap that you can follow.

This is a pulled piece from our brainstorming essay so it may be useful to think about a common thread that ties the different ideas of my brainstorming and essay draft together so brainstorm before hand to really hone in on the key details that I want to include will help me avoid confusion and frustration later on so right now I see the common thread of resourcefulness this means that everything I write about will somehow relate to my resourceful nacinda context of my family and household so what’s an intuitive way to write about all this in the first paragraph I introduce my family my siblings and my family situation overall in the second paragraph I hone in on the great responsibilities of buying food for my siblings with $20 and how I really needed to get creative and in the third paragraph I show my growth and the fact that I have perfected the art of cooking entire meals with only $20 and there is a common thread.

Brief Outlines in Essay

When students say I’m going to do a brief background on the history of the world a brief outline of all the theories that ever came up you know on economics or something this is an exaggeration but that term brief as soon as i read i’m going to do a brief blah blah blah I know this is blah blah blah okay this is actual nonsense padding you know not getting to the point procrastination wasn’t it you that use the term be the procrastination this is standard stuff that we all do we procrastinate we don’t get to the most important point in the outline make sure you have up there what is the most important issue and get to it almost immediately avoid giving your own views this is again the thing i am going to argue that.

Okay that’s another standard line i am going to argue that and/or develop the argument that for you to develop your own argument takes a lot i’m repeating that okay so these are standard lines I look for in the substantive part when I know students are then going to go a straight okay so brief outlines a part of that then try and use the literature okay and don’t just select random articles from the internet okay I go back to that when you actually go to articles have questions written down why are you reading that article otherwise you read line one line two first paragraph second paragraph it is 50 pages it is eleven o’clock at night you’re tired you know how much are you absorbing but if you read selectively I need to read this to get this piece of information again that again it helps you to not plagiarize because you’ve got your own structure your own argumentation you’re just reading to reinforce your ideas and thoughts okay.

But you’re not reading for that piece to influence you directly and to condition your answer when you present arguments I often read exit this why said this this is not critical appraisal okay exit this I think it is a solid argument because of blah blah blah the assumptions underlying this or this some of these have validity others don’t of many people question the validity you understand I’m not saying X said this Y said something opposite therefore because Y says something opposite that’s a criticism of X this is not acceptable okay this is not acceptable practice the same with empirical evidence I disagree with that empirical evidence because someone else has presented another set of evidence first you need to look at the evidence being presented how valid is that evidence how did they get that information okay how plausible is that how does it support their argumentation then if you want to present someone else as evidence that’s fine but it’s not you can’t make counter factual arguments like that you can’t say this is wrong because I got some other evidence okay.