Bouncing ideas

Bouncing ideas means talking about your project to someone. The aim here is to listen to yourself talk about your task, so it is not important if your interlocutor is versed in your topic or not. In fact, some writers find that talking about their topic to someone who is a total outsider helps them to clarify issues. If you are having trouble solving a particular problem, talk about why you are having trouble. Variations on this method include talking to yourself or talking into a tape recorder, which has the advantage of capturing your thoughts exactly. Some people are most productive in generating and developing ideas when they can move around and create kinetic energy.

Refining and proofreading your draft

When you’re done with the rough draft, take a break so that you can come back to your writing with fresh eyes. When you pick up your draft again, ask yourself:

  • Is my writing clear?
  • Do my ideas make sense?
  • Are my points and conclusions supported by evidence?
  • Do I avoid repetition?
  • Do I use proper grammar and spelling?
  • How does it sound read out loud?

Make sure you have enough time before your deadline to show your draft to others. Another point of view can help you polish your paper and catch inconsistencies and mistakes.

After you make any necessary corrections and improvements, proofread your draft again. Continue refining until you’re happy with your work.

Bouncing ideas

Bouncing ideas means talking about your project to someone. The aim is to listen to yourself talk about your task, so it is not important if your interlocutor is versed in your topic or not. In fact, some writers find that talking about their topic to someone who is a total outsider helps them to clarify issues.

If you are having trouble solving a particular problem, talk about why you are having trouble. Variations on this method include talking to yourself or talking to a tape recorder, which has the advantage of capturing your thoughts exactly. Some people are most productive in generating and developing ideas when they can move around and create kinetic energy.