Sometimes you don’t know what you want to say, and all the organizing tricks fail you. You need a VOMIT DRAFT. You just type whatever falls out of your fingers. Don’t worry about clarity, don’t worry about spelling, don’t even type sentences. Just type away. Some people turn off the screen, and just let things gush out. Keep that up until you run out of steam. Stop, print whatever you’ve got, and take a long break.
When you come back, there will be ideas on those pages, unformed and ragged, but ideas. You’ll see what your head was thinking.
Roy Clark uses this method to organize stories. He types two screenfuls of junk, prints it out, and uses a marker to circle useful things. I’ve watched him do this, and he mumbles, “Oh, that’s good,” and “Gee, I didn’t know I think that.”
Sounds slow and bizarre, doesn’t it? But not for some people. Idiosyncrasy is good when it works.