Writing Strategies

It is good to practice several technical writing strategies while in college. When you write something down, it forces you to think about it and to develop the thought. When you have it on paper, you may see that your idea isn’t logical or doesn’t fit the facts.

Keep your mind open to new ideas when writing. Practice brainstorming, mapping and outlining. Put down thoughts that come into head. They may be useful later. Write out your ideas about papers. The more you write, the more you generate new ideas.

Sometimes it is good to have a deadline. Without a due date, you may never finish. A deadline gives you a focus to keep in mind when writing. It is a good idea to make sure you are within the limit assigned, whether by number of words or pages. This type of discipline makes your writing better.

Make sure you proofread and edit. Check your work and try to have somebody else check it. It is always good to write something and put it down for a few hours or preferably a day or two. The chance to go back to it gives you a different perspective and attitude toward the writing. Editing does not have to be tedious. Revising can improve your paper immensely, and it will improve your writing.

Your first draft does not have to be perfect. Let your thoughts get down on the paper, then straighten them out grammatically. The creativity that comes from writing down thoughts as quickly as they come to you is valuable.