2Invention What?An invention technique is any method you use to come up with ideas for your paper.- Pre-topic- Everything goes on paper- Don’t worry about editing- It doesn’t have to look pretty- Shorthand is okNot every technique works for everybody, so find one that works for YOU
3BRAINSTORMINGWrite a GENERAL topic idea somewhere on a piece of paper in big, bold letters. Then write down everything that comes to mind when you think about that topic.- Don’t analyze- Don’t erase- DON’T LIMIT YOURSELF!!- Short intervals
4JournalingBasically, what is sounds like. One the top of a piece of paper, write down your idea for a topic. Then, over a period of a couple of days, write down everything that comes to mind as an idea to include in your paper.- Complete/Incomplete sentences- Will look like a journal entry
5Free WritingSimilar to journaling, but there are some important differences:- not done over a several days; don’t stop- will wander further from the topic idea
6Q & A Session(s)Make a list of questions, then answer them. Start with the basics: who, what, when, why, where, and how.- create own questions about what you already know and don’t know- continue throughout writing your paper
7Picture ItIf you’re more artistically oriented, draw a picture of your topic. Then, label the parts. You’re essentially identifying different things to include in a paper, and you’ll be able to see how they relate to each other.