A common complaint from students is that getting started is the hardest part of writing. This chapter covers specific, helpful tips on these:
--how to choose a good topic (specific questions are given to lead students to consider the intended audience and rhetorical purpose, etc.)
--how to use several planning methods to generate ideas for a given topic (looping, listing, idea mapping, etc.)
--how to use 'Five Criteria' to formulate strong main points for a topic (focused, not overlapping, at the same level of generality, etc.)
This chapter can help students start writing with less stress and more self-confidence.
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