Monday, May 14, 2012

Writing Investigation #2 Follow-up: Writing Focus

Focusing on details in pictorial writing prompts allows us to give life to specific elements in a piece. When I first looked at the picture of the soup, and read the prompting words, “stirring the pot,” I knew that I could use this writing prompt to present a specific scenario and address an all too common issue people face in society every day, that of being bullied.

Instead of writing about the larger picture, my goal was to focus on a specific element of the picture, and use that element to bring my subject matter to life. In other words, I found a focal point that would be the object of the composition I wished to present.

According to the Purdue University Writing Lab, brainstorming and clustering are useful skills, necessary to help with the writing process. These skills make it easier for writers to be more productive and use their time wisely, when producing their work.

Limiting distractions is also a key component for those who need or desire to be efficient and proficient when writing. Daily Writing Tips suggests people write in quiet surroundings, limit noise and interruptions, turn off instant messaging and other social networking distractions.

What helps you be more productive when you write?
How do your surroundings make it easier or more difficult for you when you write?

Please share your answers in the comments and let’s continue this discussion as a group. Thank you.

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