List three to five strategies you would use if you were deliberately trying to create a disorganized essay, and then explain why these strategies would lead to disorganization and what the overall effect would be on your paper.  

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To write an intentionally disorganized essay, think about the techniques you usually use to keep one organized and consider how you might subvert them.

If you're writing a history paper, for example, you might typically use chronological order to keep things organized. Writing historic events out of order would,...

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To write an intentionally disorganized essay, think about the techniques you usually use to keep one organized and consider how you might subvert them.

If you're writing a history paper, for example, you might typically use chronological order to keep things organized. Writing historic events out of order would, unless handled incredibly deftly and with good explanation, be very disorienting.

Another option might be to omit the outline most people write before beginning their work. Because an outline allows a writer to organize thoughts and maintain a certain logical narrative flow, writing without one might create an essay with very little structure.

If you're writing a persuasive piece, you might create a sense of disorganization by declining to provide the full context for your position. Without acknowledging the other side of the discussion, a reader might not be able to figure out how your work fits into existing scholarship and the bigger conversation.

These are a few examples, but there are infinite ways you might undermine the organization of a piece of writing. Think about your usual writing practice, and consider where else you might make the kinds of changes that would undermine your work's organization. What do you usually do first when you write an essay? How do you ensure your work is coherent all the way through? When you're making your final edits, what do you usually pay attention to most?

As you complete your assignment, give some consideration to the techniques you're suggesting and how they contribute to the quality of your usual writing. If subverting them creates chaos, what might paying extra attention to them in the future do to advance your typical work?

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