Exploring for Topics

Before beginning a draft, you need to explore a subject, looking for topics. (Subject refers to the main focus of a composition; topic to specific aspects of the subject. The subject of this book is writing. Within that subject grammar, sentence style, and so on, are topics. Any topic, of course, can itself be analyzed into subtopics.)

Some people like to work through a subject systematically, uncovering topics by asking questions. Others prefer a less structured, less analytical approach, a kind of brainstorming. They just begin to rapidly and loosely, letting ideas tumble out in free association. Then they edit what they've done, discarding some topics, selecting others for further development.

Neither way is rather both are right. Which you use depends on your habits of mind, how much you already know about a subject, and of course the subject itself. If you are writing about something that is easily why one candidate should be elected, for instance, rather than some if you've already thought a good deal about the matter, the analytical, questioning approach is better. But if your subject is more feelings about war, you have not thought long and hard, you may get stuck if you try systematic analysis. It might be better to scribble, to get ideas on paper, any ideas, however far-fetched, in whatever order.

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