Shivering Turn approach to organizing your thoughts for writing
Sometimes you get locked into writing about a topic in a certain way. It’s not easy to develop a fresh perspective. If this describes you, try what I call the Shivering Turn Method.
In The Shivering: A Jennie Redhead Mystery, a private investigator tries to unscramble the anagram, “shivering turn.” She says,
…because you cannot always see patterns if all the components are presented in a linear manner, I make a rough circle of the letters.
In the book, this helps her to crack the anagram in less than two minutes.
This made me think about a technique that you can use to reconsider your topic:
- Put each of your main ideas on an index card.
- Shuffle the cards, or spread them out on a surface in a random order.
- Look for patterns and associations among your subtopics.
If you like this idea, you may also enjoy “Index-card approach to writing.” Or, learn about mind mapping in Financial Blogging: How to Write Powerful Posts That Attract Clients.
Did you figure out the anagram? I confess that I did not. I’m not going to share the answer so I don’t spoil the book for other readers of this well-written mystery.
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