(NOTE: Hover over the photo slide show above for a pause, play, rewind, and forward button. Also, the photos are STATICALLY displayed at the END of the post for easier examination. Below if you CLICK on a photo, a photo viewer will open up in a new window that allows you to scroll through the photos at your leisure.)
Above is a photo gallery of photos that tell the story of how I do Level 1 through 4 outlining (which I learned about in detail from Rowena Murray’s book “Writing for Academic Journals”) on 4- x 6-inch note cards and extend the process to QUICKLY design and then draft paragraphs . . . quickly. The net result is more well thought-out, more focused writing that you KNOW is clearly adding logically to a draft, and that you can do ANYWHERE (and during snippets of free time!)–with or without a computer. Hallelujah!
It’s almost counter-intuitive: You’d think handwriting things would slow you down immensely. But it affords a different kind of thinking-while-writing, and it doesn’t in the long run slow you down. It in fact saves lots of revising time because you’re doing your writing from a very intentional outline in a very disciplined, pointed way.
Freewriting lovers, don’t worry! :): There’s still a place for freewriting with this method of disciplined, intentional writing.
Via a series of video clips that I hope to create and post for my next post, I’ll explain the philosophy and how’s of Level 1-4 outlining, explain what it enables you to do (it’s paradigm-sifting and wonderfully PROGRESS-CAUSING), and share tips and do’s and don’ts to help you get the most out of the process and avoid pitfalls. I’ll also talk about how you can get academic software to gel nicely with this method of writing.
So, once I submit a full draft of my paper, I will allow the making and posting of the videos to be a reward for having done so :). In the meanwhile, enjoy the photo gallery below, and please feel free to post questions and comments!
Take care, and happy writing! STATIC photos are below!
STATIC PHOTOS (Click any photo to open up in another browser a photo viewer that allows you to scroll through the photos at your leisure.)