Saturday, October 10, 2009
A cool tool for getting words on the page
Many students tell me the hardest part of writing a paper is getting started. "Writer or Die" (http://lab.drwicked.com/writeordie.html) is a tool for freewriting that helps writers get past the blank page and start generating material that they can later rework and revise. You might even require students to do a "Writer or Die" session after you first assign a paper. You don't need to have them give you this very rough draft, but you could ask that they e-mail you a copy of the "Bragging Widget," which tells how much they wrote in what period of time.