The great thing about tutoring is that while coming up with an idea is frustrating for the writers, it is exhilarating for tutors. There is no better aspect to tutoring than talking a writer towards his idea. Sometimes, all the tutor needs to do is to engage the writer in conversation and presto! The idea emerges. In other cases, writers require a more formalized approach to the invention process - something concrete that they can take with them to their dorms and use in future writing situations. Accordingly, we offer some formal (and informal) invention strategies that have withstood the test of time.