IELTS Energy 184: The Brainstorming Strategy You MUST Have for General Writing Task 1

IELTS General Training Writing Letter Task 1 brainstorming ideasToday you’re going to find out how to use our crazy, outside of the box strategy to increase your score on the IELTS General Writing Task 1 Letter.

We’ll take a typical General Writing Task 1 question and we’ll show you exactly how to brainstorm to come up with interesting and creative ideas for your letter.

When you do this you get the examiner to think about giving you a 7.

Today we have an informal letter to a friend:

A friend has agreed to look after your house and pet while you are on holiday. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter to your friend do the following:

1- Give contact details for when you are away

2- Give instructions for how to care for your pet

3- Describe other household duties

To get the highest possible score you need to address all 3 bullet points in a balanced way.

Do one paragraph for each bullet point.


Remember to be creative. For example, a creative answer to bullet point 1 could be that you will be on a silent retreat where you cannot be reached by phone but your friend could contact the monk who would deliver the message to your bunk room.

**It’s important to not repeat yourself for both the Academic and General Writing Task 1 because the letter is only 150 words. With the letter you should take each bullet point and add new and creative information but don’t repeat information from other bullet points.

For bullet point two you could pretend that you have an asthmatic monkey and you need to instruct your friend on how to use the monkey’s inhaler.

Listen to the episode to get our brainstorming ideas for bullet point 3.

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  • IELTS General Writing Task 1 : Letter to a Friend
    1) Hi John Would it be possible for you to take care of my house and my pet – a singing parrot ?
    I will be in Hawaii where I boycott any technology but you could send me a message in a bottle in Pacific Ocean .
    2) Thank you so much for agreeing to help .You need to find some fresh seeds in Farmers’ Market every early morning . My singing bird likes only food from Jack’s field which is on Paradise Lost . Please feed him every 6 hours .
    3) There are 3 baby crocodiles in my swimming pool . They were lost before I found them on the street . Wash them in my garden with warm water . Make sure they don’t catch cold .
    Thank you again !

    Love , Mollie