Have you seen an attention-grabbing story on your local news channel?Many current issues appear on television, in magazines, and on the Internet.Although many more prewriting strategies exist, this chapter covers six: using experience and observations, freewriting, asking questions, brainstorming, mapping, and searching the Internet.
Later you will learn more prewriting strategies that will narrow the focus of the topic.
In addition to understanding that writing is a process, writers also understand that choosing a good general topic for an assignment is an essential step.
As you continue to follow the writing process, you will see how Mariah uses critical reading skills to assess her own prewriting exercises.
Freewriting is an exercise in which you write freely about any topic for a set amount of time (usually three to five minutes).
If you think that a blank sheet of paper or a blinking cursor on the computer screen is a scary sight, you are not alone.
Many writers, students, and employees find that beginning to write can be intimidating.
Sometimes your instructor will give you an idea to begin an assignment, and other times your instructor will ask you to come up with a topic on your own.
A good topic not only covers what an assignment will be about but also fits the assignment’s purpose and its audience.
After writers think about their experiences and observations, they often take notes on paper to better develop their thoughts.
These notes help writers discover what they have to say about their topic.