When I say the word flow, what came to mind? When I first heard of flowing, I thought of some dreamy island with gentle waves and maybe a hula girl or a cartoon sea creature singing with a ukulele.
But whatever romantic vision you had, snap out of it. Flowing is simply just a way to take notes and keep track of the debate. And it's not "peaceful island dream" kind of note-taking. It can actually be pretty stressful when your opponents speak at 1000 miles per hour.
Flowing is an important way to keep track of what's going on in the debate. This is absolutely crucial to make sure that you answer the arguments that need to be answered and keep up with what your opponents dropped.
You want your papers to be vertical:
This is incorrect:
It's important to flow vertically, because you will be flowing downwards. This ensures that you have enough space to flow every card with space in between.
In each upper right hand corner, you should label what argument is on the flow. For example, if the affirmative team's first advantage is cloud computing, I'll write down "cloud" in the upper right hand corner. For negative off-case arguments, you can label topicality as T, disadvantages as DA, and counterplans as CP. If there's more than one of one type of argument, use a word or two to tell them apart. (If the negative team runs 2 T arguments, put "T: <insert word here>" in the corner to differentiate them.)