How do I progress my flow as a writer? I’m don’t think I have a totally set way to be honest…
I’ve found that in today’s society students have been trained to respond to a deadline, if you ever talk to me about schooling issues these days, this is one of my big issues. So, having said that, I generally get my act together about the week before something is due and start planning my time, gathering thoughts in a coherent/physical way, and open up a word document and start typing. This usually works well for me because the pressure of the deadline and the grade motivate me to get to work and do the best I can to have a good quality assignment to turn in.
Another way I find my flow is to sit in a semi busy area with my head phones on and stare at my notes until a thought comes to mind. This isn’t my most efficient way to encourage progress, but if I have the time and the deadline isn’t as taunting and motivating yet, it can be really effective. Some of my best thoughts have come from sitting in a dining hall at a booth with my headphones on, starting between my notebook, my iPad, and the occasional passerby.
Similarly to the last point, I lay in bed and think about what my first paragraph will look like. I try to imagine a nice looking paragraph and when I actually read part of it it’s the ideas I want to incorporate in my work. Visualizing what my intro or thesis will look like can really help me to find the ebb and flow of the writing I want to do.
Sometimes, if I’m struggling to write that introduction and thesis first, I’ll skip straight to the body. I’ll type out all of the information and thoughts that I know I need to get in there, and as I’m working I’ll move things around, and once my thoughts are in a cohesive order I’ll add in some transition words if needed. Finally I’ll go back to my intro and write that stinking thesis statement, and then I usually write the rest of the introduction to frame my thesis and layout of my work nicely. (Side note: I’ve always hated outlines, so often this freer version works best for me, thoughts don’t automatically come in order and my brain has a hard time processing uniform lists.)