You know that awesome feeling you get when you’re writing and writing and the words keep flowing and you can’t stop and everything seems to be going really well and then you look back on your sentences and realize they’re an incoherent mess? Yeah, that kinda sucks. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be able to write like a pro without the process of painstakingly picking out the perfect words. But writing without editing can be really beneficial. Zero drafting, as my English teacher calls it, is basically a brain dump of everything you can think of in response to a prompt without worrying about traditional English things, like diction, format, and grammar. You’re really just getting your ideas down on paper. It’s like in elementary school when teachers would ask a question and ask everyone to brainstorm and everyone’s hands would shoot up to say the first thing that came to mind. Zero drafting is a way to get down as many ideas as possible that you can later reconstruct into a top-notch essay. So with that in mind, I’d like to encourage everyone to try zero drafting. In fact, this post itself is a bit of a zero draft, and in the true zero draft spirit, I’m gonna neglect editing, so please pardon any glaring typos or grammar mistakes.
So here are some topics I’d like to hear zero drafts about in the comments (pretty please).
What is one small change that would drastically improve the world?
Describe your vaguest childhood memory and add (make up) details as you see fit.
Narrate your day from the perspective of someone unreasonably interested in you (pretend you’re stalking yourself).
Happy zero drafting!
~The Mad Hatter