As discussed in our previous timed writing lessons, you should always start your writing with a plan. Having that outline will help you to stay focused and use your time well. However, things do not always go as planned. In this section, you will learn some strategies for how to be flexible when the unexpected happens.
First, let's consider some of the reasons you might need to change your plans during a timed writing situation. As you look at the list, you will probably recognize problems that occur in drafted writing as well. The main difference is you don't have the same time or resources for solving these problems.
Obstacles 1-5 are all writing-based concerns and can be solved with a few simple strategies.
As you can see from examples 6-8, not all of the problems you might have are just about organization or time. Anxiety and stress about a test or the environment of the testing room can impact your ability to do your best. Rather than make those obstacles worse by panicking, acknowledge the feelings and make a new plan. Take another look at your outline and see what you can eliminate. What is still necessary to explain? What points would just be a bonus to include? Let yourself put your focus on the essentials and minimum expectations. You should have time to write those parts. Anything more you have time to do just improves your writing, but you will know that you accomplished the most important parts of the tasks.
Write a short reflection (1 paragraph) to answer the question below.
What obstacles do you face when you are asked to do timed writing? How do you overcome those obstacles? What strategy would you like to try?
You have 30 minutes to respond to this prompt. Your answer should be around 300 words long. Before you begin, think about how you will use your strategies if you have an obstacle with following your plan.
There are many different social media websites and apps. Choose two examples of social media to compare or contrast. Explain either two similarities or two differences in your response.