Idea Development

Thesis & Focus

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"How do I know what I think, until I see what I have to say?"

- E. M. Forster

Writing is not a linear process. There are many starts and stops. There are lots of ways to brainstorm and lots of ways to begin. Since no one can tell you before you begin writing just how long it will take or which ideas are the best, save every scrap of what you write. You may find yourself many drafts into a piece when you suddenly want to recall what you had written earlier because you found just the right place for it. If you have discarded it, you'll only have yourself to blame and that's never fun.


Brainstorming - A wonderful site from the University of North Carolina, it will walk you through the process of many different types of brainstorming.

Freewriting and Clustering - These links are from the comprehensive site -The Guide to Grammar and Writing.

Thesis-Based Research Papers

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Click here for help with supports/quotes which will prove your thesis.