Before this blog post, I’ve never really thought in depth about my writing strategy. This might be difficult to believe, but for me it’s true. I suppose that over the last few years, my writing strategy has become something of habit, but I will attempt to lay out the strategy that I find myself using most often. What usually happens is a combination of free writing and outlines. For example, when we received the Repurposing Project, I used my writing strategy which in a way is similar to the “Shitty First Draft” method. What I typically do is free write, much like the “Shitty First Draft” method calls for. The length of this free write varies; sometimes I write for a paragraph, and sometimes for five pages. Yet I always know when to stop, which is when I identify the direction in which I want my essay to go. In other words, my free write stops when I have identified the “argument” I want to make. Once I’ve located my argument, I tend to turn to outline form. From there, I write an outline that lays out the direction in which the rest of my essay will go. So, more often than not, my writing strategy will produce an introduction paragraph, my second paragraph, and then outlines for the rest of my essay. I have found this combination to work very well for me, since it sets the proper tone for my essay while giving me a step-by-step procedure for the rest of my piece.