Internationales Schreibzentrum

About Writing

Thoughts are not always available, one writes even without them.

This quotation from Wilhelm Busch says a lot about the possibilities that show up in all facets the writing processes can offer. As writers, we don´t have to be "afraid of the empty page", if one is aware of writing as a process. Writing skills can be acquired, practiced, expanded, experienced. Writing is not implicit, and especially the requirements in the academic context hide lots of challenges in format and style, which can however be approached if one knows the tricks of the trade.
The writing advisory sessions are an opportunity to intermediate the following tools: reading skills, argumentation, text structure, content organization. The empty page can be used as a playing field: can I organize my thoughts better by using visual input like a cluster or a mind-map? Or do I feel more secure by collecting my ideas in a text, such as the Free-writing?
Writing doesn´t have to be a synonym of product-oriented writing in the form of an academic text; it can also be understood as a ludic means, as support, as brainstorming and learning optimation. Why not take a favorite sentence in a current academic text and develop it in a trail of thought? Or even refute it? Writing is multi-functional and cannot be understood only as an obstacle, but it should also be seen as a venture. Adventurous can, for example, bring things to paper that have nothing to do with the topic one is working at the moment? and anyway the writer will realize something: the simple fact one deals with the writing in a freer environment can improve the motivation. In being so, we can change our relationship with the previously quoted sentence with no regrets:


Thoughts are not always available, one can write even without them.