The most important writing strategy that I use is outlining. It allows me to get my ideas out on paper and they’re in front of me, because I work better wish visually seeing my ideas. Having it down on paper allows me to be able to start to organize my paper and thoughts so that they will hopefully give me a paper that flows right from the first draft. This is a useful strategy for me because it helps prevent me from writers block for the most part because it gives me something similar to “talking points” that someone would use for a speech; that helps me be able to hit the ground running when I start to write.
If that strategy doesn’t work I try to talk to someone about the paper. This method helps me formulate ideas because I am actively thinking about what would work well in the paper. It also makes it so that the other person can give me some outside input that I may have not thought of. If that happens it tends to help trigger ideas that I had not considered. This method is ideal when I am stuck with coming up with an idea or when I have writers block.