A blank piece of paper
When sitting down to write, some students see a blank piece of paper or computer screen as an empty canvas with limitless possibilities. Others see it as a daunting mountain they have no idea how to climb. Writing requires a process and the right tools. One such tool is pre-writing planning and brainstorming. It provides the writer with a roadmap and helps make the blank page feel more manageable. Whether it’s done via a graphic organizer, on a whiteboard, or by jotting a few notes on index cards or in a Google doc, pre-writing planning and brainstorming helps set the wheels in motion.