Using the strategies in this chapter can help you overcome the fear of the blank page and confidently begin the writing process.
Prewriting is the stage of the writing process during which you transfer your abstract thoughts into more concrete ideas in ink on paper (or in type on a computer screen).
For example, a magazine advertising the latest research on the threat of global warming may catch your eye in the supermarket.
The cover may interest you, and you may consider global warming as a topic.
Write your purpose and your audience on your own sheet of paper, and keep the paper close by as you read and complete exercises in this chapter.
My purpose: ____________________________________________ My audience: ____________________________________________ When selecting a topic, you may want to consider something that interests you or something based on your own life and personal experiences.
Too many graduate students these days are entering the culture of higher learning without the skills they need.
Even if you went to a top University most, probably all, of your papers were graded by an over-worked graduate student who needed to get through a mountain of grading overnight.
Although prewriting techniques can be helpful in all stages of the writing process, the following four strategies are best used when initially deciding on a topic: Using experience and observations Reading Freewriting Asking questions At this stage in the writing process, it is okay if you choose a general topic.
Later you will learn more prewriting strategies that will narrow the focus of the topic.