A second before I started writing this post, I sighed. So you can imagine just how I feel about outlining. Even outlining hat happens after an essay is written. Behold reverse outlining.
It doesn’t seem that bad in theory. Unless you’re forced to do a reverse outline on a half finished rough draft of an essay. Reverse outlining is probably more helpful and useful after you write an entire essay, not while you’re still in the midst of writing one. But what would I know about outlining. It’s not like I ever outline.
Still, I may or may not try to reverse outline this month, assuming I can muster up the energy and time to.
Let it be known that I’m open-minded and willing to try new things. Definitely not stubborn and set in my own ways. Or bitter and resentful about others trying to ruin my perfectly good brainstorming, writing, and editing process.
I have a few issues with outlining, as you can tell. I doubt I’ll ever sort them out.
I’ve been procrastinating on the six essays I need to write. Funny how it works out to one being due every week. Not to mention a quiz, an article analysis, a grammar test, a take home test, a final term test, and other assessments I’m probably forgetting thrown in for good measure. My brain only has the capacity to store so much information. Similarly, I only have so much creativity. Let’s not start with my sanity, okay?
It’s overwhelming. I don’t know where to begin. I don’t know what to work on first. I don’t know how I have that many writing assignments.
For me, starting is always the hardest part. The beginning is bad for my productivity. But once I start brainstorming and writing, I tend to procrastinate less. It’s getting over that initial phase where I realize I should start and actually starting which is tough.
Also, a few days ago, I thought I only had four essays. Then earlier today I counted five. But in writing this post I finally figured out I was wrong all along. I have six essays left and they’re all due within a six week span of time.
That’s knowledge I didn’t want to acquire.
Good luck to me.
I’ve come to the realization that I’m not just a teenager with a phone. I’m a writer who owns a powerful piece of technology.
Took me long enough, huh?
This is how I break down my phone usage:
50% writing, working, brainstorming, blogging, etc.
I like words.
20% reading (emails, documents, articles, blog posts)
I like words and stories.
20% listening to music or dancing to it
I like words, stories, and songs.
5% texting or calling
I don’t have many friends.
5% social media
I don’t have many friends in real life.
I can’t do math.
These percentages are exact and precise. They are not distorted at all.
When you have one day to brainstorm, write, and edit a letter/essay/assignment.
It just doesn’t work that way.
When you have to seek out strong editors.
When you are the strongest editor.
When you have to abide by your teacher’s guidelines and rules.
Try being creative when you are limited and restricted.