Use a heading for each section of your document that you've blueprinted. For example, you could have a heading for your discussion of each of the three risks: noncommercial, political, and financial. The headings then become like road signs for your reader's "trip. "

Let's look at another blueprint, this from Consumer Reports, telling us how to buy a new car:

Before you think of shopping for a car, do your homework. Approach your car-shopping methodically, in the following sequence:

• Narrow your choices of cars and equipment.

• Find out what the dealer paid the factory for the car.

• Shop more than one dealer.

• Keep the transaction as simple and straightforward as possible.

Let's examine each step in detail.

As a reader, you now know, without guessing, the structure of the document you've just begun to read.

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