Writer's WebPre-writing: Cubing
by Melanie Dawson

Cubing is a writing exercise used as a pre-writing technique. Cubing, forcing a writer to think and re-think a topic, allows a writer to explore various aspects of that topic.

We all know that a cube has six sides. If you had to describe that cube, you would try to discuss each side of the object. Of course, you would have to change your perspective in order to examine and write about the cube's six faces. This exercise challenges you to examine various perspectives of an object or idea.

The first time you attempt a cubing exercise, follow these guidelines:

Remember how you wrote your cubing exercise using an object. Now try the exercise again; this time write about a concept or an idea rather than a concrete object. You may want to test out a topic for a paper or a writing assignment:


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