Now, read this comic
We can’t do a better job at explaining what it means to be a Thinker.
It’s written by one of our favorite creative geniuses: The Oatmeal.
We’d like to thank The Oatmeal for his brilliant comics, and for letting us share them with you. Check out his website and online store (with games, posters, and books you may love).
Basically, your mission is to make baby chicks.
Whether you’re writing a comic strip or a college essay, as a Thinker, your mission is to come up with a lot of ideas and get out as much raw content as you can, as quickly as you can.
You probably didn’t learn how to do this in high school. That’s ok. We’ll teach you!
In the next phase, as a Storyteller, you’ll choose which of those baby chicks will be in your essay. In the Writer phase, you’ll polish them up and make them look pretty.
But for now, go for quantity, quantity, quantity.
The Thinker steps
1. Find some story starters
The more ideas, the better! This isn’t about finding “The Perfect Topic.” You’ll simply make a list of stories, topics, and events you could write about. You have no idea where they’ll take you.
2. Write a TON of raw content.
How do you get amazing content for your essay? You have to write, write, and write some more. But not good stuff. Start with garbage, and lots of it. We’ll show you some sneaky tricks that will unlock the stories and ideas hiding in the back of your mind. They’re in there. We promise.
3. Self-review your work.
How do you know if you’re on the right track? We’ll give you powerful self-review tools that will help you determine just that. Then, using a specially designed feedback form, you can get useful input from people who know you well. We’ll have you check your work regularly—that’s one of the secrets of great writers.