Brainstorming Ideas!

Hello Warriors! Now that the semester is up and running, the first rounds of papers are beginning to roll in. Take a look at some of these helpful brainstorming tips to get you started:

1. Free writing

Free writing involves letting your thoughts flow freely on paper or your computer screen. Set aside a time frame like 15 minutes for writing or determine to write and fill a certain number of pages and get down to it. Write whatever comes to your mind. Don’t worry about typos, spelling or any other surface-level issues of grammar and style. Just write until your time is up or your page goal is attained.

When you are done, read through what you have written. You will no doubt find a lot of filler in your text, but there will also be golden nuggets of insights, discoveries and other little gems in there that you can pick out and develop for your projects. Even if you don’t discover any new idea nuggets, you will stir up your creative mind and unearth tit bits of raw concepts buried deep in your mind you can develop.

2. Clustering

Clustering, also known as idea mapping, is a strategy used to explore relationships and associations between ideas. If you have run out of ideas on a subject or topic, write down the subject in the center of a page. Highlight the subject either by underlining or circling it. Think of an idea that relates to the subject and jot it down on your page. Link the idea to the central subject.

Think of another idea that relates to the new idea you just created. Link this new idea with the previous idea. Repeat the process until you have a web of ideas on the page that are all derived from the main subject. Now you can visually see ideas that relate to your main subject. Identify clusters of ideas that interest you and use the key terms you attached to them as the departure points for your writing project.

3. Journalistic 5W’s and 1H

When researching a story and the angle to take when covering the story, journalists ask the 5W’s and 1H questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? and How? Use the same technique to generate topic ideas, possible angles to take on the topic and the most pertinent information to include when addressing the topic.

Write each of the question words on a sheet of paper and leave spaces to provide answers for the questions. Answer all the questions relating to your topic in brief and then review the answers. Do you have more to say about one or more of the questions, such as more on the “where” and “why” than the “what” or are your answers evenly balanced?

You will discover that you know more or little about particular question words relating to your topic. Leverage that awareness to generate new writing ideas. Research your topic further to improve on areas you are least knowledgeable in, build on areas you are most knowledgeable in or the best way to organize what you already know to balance your topic more.

What are your favorite strategies to get started?

Share with us!

As always, the Writing Studio is here to help you with all your writing needs.

We hope to see you soon!

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Join Us for Welcome Week!

The Writing Studio will open on Monday, 9/11. We will have our traditional opening-week event Monday-Friday where we will have bookmarks, flyers, handouts, and information, along with free coffee and fruited water!

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to visit us this week to have a cup of coffee and learn about how the Studio can help you this semester.


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Studio is Gearing Up for Fall 2017!

We will be open for the fall semester on 9/11. Until then, all our resources are still available online: handouts, quizzes, and tutoring videos!

Please be patient as we train tutors and get ready for fall. We might be “under construction,” but our website is still accessible to you. Stay tuned for updates!


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Cut-Throat Fan Fiction!

The Anime Club held a special writing event on April 18th and had a wonderful time.
They challenged each other to comedic, competitive, creative composition!

Way to write!

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New Tutorial Video!

Watch our newest tutorial in the video section!

Click here to learn how to put together a simple but effective paragraph. It’s as easy as
building a burger!


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Happy Spring from the Writing Studio!
Now open regular hours! Come on in to catch up on all your work.

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New quiz!

With midterms just around the corner, we at the Studio know you’ve got a lot of research to do. Why not test your knowledge of in-text citations before writing that big paper?

Get a jump-start on what you need to know before work gets you down!

NEW! When do I cite?

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Writers to your marks!

The Writing Studio is hosting a writers marathon this April! It’s no fool’s joke,
come and brainstorm, write, and relax over a four hour writing bonanza. There will be refreshments, a low key atmosphere, comfortable couches,

and new friends.

The event is Saturday, April 8th, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the writing studio lounge!

Come in to the studio to sign up!

Email Dr. Sandra Eckard ( or Dr. Paul Creamer ( for  more information or an application.

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Save the Date!

Our mid-semester event is right around the corner…

In the meantime, we’re open six days a week for all your writing needs. In addition, we also have tips, videos and other resources here on the web as well as Facebook (Writing Studio @ ESU) and Instagram (@esustudio).

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Welcome Week!! 1/30-2/3

Come one, come all!

Our tutors are ready to help you with your paper needs.

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