Brainstorming and Freewriting
Both of these prewriting
techniques can help you to begin your Business Portfolio Project.
They can be done before your project is begun, in order to help
you identify the experiences or projects that you want to include
in your portfolio. However, they also can be used for each narrative
that you write on a chosen experiences or project. This will give
you ideas as to what you want to include in each narrative.
1. Start a list.
2. Focus on your topic and list all of the ideas or elements you
want to include in your portfolio or narrative
3. Ask yourself: What experiences or projects from my years at
the University of Richmond am I particularly proud of?
4. Ask yourself: What sets me apart from all of the other business
5. Ask yourself: What has helped me to develop my goals and aspirations
for the future?
6. Read your list and refine
your ideas by making them more specific.
7. Ask yourself: Can I clearly explain this experience or project
in a narrative?
8. Ask yourself: Does this reflect my personal growth as a business
9. Ask yourself: Does this illustrate one of the competencies
required by this portfolio?
10. Choose from your list those experiences or projects that you
feel will best reflect your personal growth over your four years
within the Business School.
1. Start to write.
2. Focus on one of the experiences or projects that you are going
to include in your portfolio.
3. Describe as vividly as possible everything you can remember
about that event or task.
4. Do not worry with grammar or punctuation - concentrate on content
and describing the experience as accurately as your memory permits.
5. Complete a freewriting for each of the experiences or projects
6. Use each freewriting to write a first-draft for each narrative,
including as much detail from the freewriting as possible.
These prewriting techniques
are outlined in Leigh Ryan's The Bedford Guide for Writing
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