This can be used as an in-class exercise. Ask the students to write about a topic (you can choose anything that suits your purposes) using one of these techniques. Have them write which technique # they are trying out at the topic of the paper since some of the techniques are similar (you may have trouble identifying which one they are using).
“The Loop Writing Process”
(Adapted from Peter Elbow Writing With Power)
If you are having trouble getting started writing or don’t know what you want to say, try some of these techniques to help you generate new ideas. In most cases, trying three or four of these will help. Once you are done, you will need to revise the material into a paper. One thing to keep in mind is that the loop writing is somewhat messy and you may end up throwing out more than with your normal process when you revise.
When you don’t think you have anything to say, aren’t interested in the topic, or are afraid of research:
Write for at least 15 minutes to see what you already know about the topic
don’t order or organize—just write first thoughts on the topic
To do this, you will have to pretend you know things, imagine you’ve made up your mind when you’re not sure, make up facts, and leave out large parts (insert a symbol where additional information may go).
If you have conflicting feelings or are confused about the topic try:
Give each conflicting feeling you have on the topic a voice