This post is inspired by my super smart bishop—Dr. Errol D. Hall who taught this method to help his Bible School Students become better essay writers. However, keep in mind that this will work when writing speeches, sermons, blog posts, messages, letters, it helps with just about any type of writing assignment that you can dream up.
A while back I wrote a post entitled Your 8 Step Formula to Quickly and Easily Create Amazing Blog Posts but this one is a little different. In this post, I share a terrific method for brainstorming and it offers a powerful technique to unlock the potential of the brain. You will tap into a range of skills—word, number, logic, rhythm, color–in a powerful and creative manner useful to any writer.
This is an Easy Process Utilizing the Venn-Diagram Method and Very Little is Required
- 1 Sheet of blank unlined white paper
- 1 Sheet of lined paper
- Additional sheets of paper for your final essay
- Your ideas
- Colored pens and or pencils (optional)
Quick and Easy 10 Step Recipe to Write Anything
Before you begin to write your essay, sermon, blog post etc. You will brainstorm, mind map—simply just empty your mind on paper.
- With your lined sheet of paper. Get all points on 1 piece of paper and in no specific order—this is your guide.
- The goal is to get all points on 1 sheet of paper so that you can see the whole picture.
- Next, grab your sheet of blank unlined paper, start by drawing a circle just big enough to write your title and or subtitle in the middle of your paper.
- Work from the middle of the page turned sideways—this way you will have enough space to add all the ideas you can dream up.
- To write your essay find the topic or the sub-topic. Focus on your title or subtitle. Write the topic in the middle of the blank page.
- Make at least 4 branches but you may have as many as 8 branches (legs) on the circle. Sometimes you can add a sub-branch (meaning you can branch off).
- You will now write a point at the end of each branch. After putting in all the points you can now write as much info about the point as possible.
- You will now number your branches in the order of how they will now appear in the essay.
- Optionally, you can use colored pens and or pencils, adding images for fun and to cause your imagination to flow.
- Once you are done emptying out your mind on paper you will now eliminate any extra branches and compose your final paper.
Optional but You Can add 2 More Steps
A. Opening sentence (guides or hook the reader into the paper).
B. Body of paragraph (introduces why the paper is important and leads into the topic).
C. Transitional sentence (leads into the body of the paper, general enough to allow the reader to understand the topic).
A. The transitional sentence (concluding or restating remarks that briefly the main theme of your essay).
B. The body of the paragraph (closing comments on the main points, and restatements of those points).
C. Final sentence (new topics should not be introduced here, instead have final thoughts to give a sense of closure of any ideas brought up during the paper).
When you use this method you will find that writing becomes more fun and you are more productive. My hope is that this method helps students, speakers, writers, bloggers and pastors become less frustrated and more successful writers.
Question? Does writing come naturally to you? What was the last thing you wrote that was a bit of a challenge to you? Leave a comment in the section below.
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