Dive into the freewriting process and learn methods for letting go on the page, differentiating between your good and great ideas and organizing your thoughts.
Are you asking yourself:
- I know what I want to write about. What now?
- Do I need to write a first draft all in one go, or is there a better way?
- How do I get my best writing on the page when I’m intimidated by the writing process?
- How do I identify my best stories, anecdotes and details and prepare them for use in a future draft?
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Have you identified a topic so perfect that it makes you weep with joy? Or you have something in mind that you’re pretty sure will do the job of showcasing some of your best personal qualities, while telling admissions something they don’t already know about you (which is also a really good place to start)? If so, it’s time to turn that magical idea into a giant pile of related words, phrases, sentences – even paragraphs! (And we’re here to help!)
One of the greatest misconceptions students have about the college essay, and about writing in general, is that ideas are supposed to come out of your brain and onto the page, perfectly formed on the very first try. (OMG, if only.) But, as with so many things in life, it often takes a few broad, messy strokes and some thoughtful refinement to create a true masterpiece. Lesson 4 introduces applicants to the freewriting process, or something we like to call the “brain dump.” We show you how to both “drill around” and “drill down” to unearth your best anecdotes and most compelling details. And then we give you the formula or organizing your thoughts and prepping your beautiful words for the creation of your first solid draft. Sounds easy right? With our tips and tricks, it actually is!
This lesson will teach you:
- How to get your words flowing on the page, even if you don’t feel inspired.
- Why your first attempts at college essay writing don’t have to be – and actually shouldn’t – be perfect.
- How to identify your most valuable ideas and expand upon them
- A foolproof method for organizing your thoughts and plotting out your first draft.
And so much more!
BONUS Resource: Includes our “Drill Around, Drill Down Visual Organizer,” to help you wrap your head around the stories and details you want to include in your draft – and where you want to include them!Get Started