Exercise

Using the same issue that you worked on questions that will help you to establish (how premises relate to one another and relate to the premise; and so on).

in exercise 9.1, write down a series of the internal dimensions of your topic to the conclusion; how further claims

Using the analytical structure for planning Different sorts of plans

Usually, when we are told to plan our arguments and explanations, we are given advice about how to create a good narrative flow or sequence. For example, many excellent books on writing discuss the need to plan written work so that we move from the introduction through each of the main points to the conclusion. For each stage of the work, these books give advice about what is required to make the resulting essay or report readable and effective. These books also refer to the idea of 'mind-mapping', in which, rather than trying to write down our thoughts and ideas in a linear sequence (as they will appear in final written form), we should begin by 'mapping' them all over a piece of paper, drawing lines to connect them together and adding new ideas that expand on what is already there.

Both planning methods have their advantages but only if we use them at the right time, with a clear understanding of their purpose, and knowing what each represents. They share one important feature: by externalising thoughts, that is, putting them on paper, they enable us to reflect and think through what it is we are doing. A written sequence plan should be developed last, just before we commence writing. The purpose is similar, really, to the table of contents in this book. The narrative plan guides us and reminds us what, in turn, we need to write about within the narrative sequence. It represents, in summary form, the order in which we are going to write our narrative. A mind-map should be used first, before we have really begun to think about what exactly we want to argue or explain. Its purpose is to aid us in 'brainstorming' the jumbled mass of ideas and possible connections—to get them down on paper so we can think more clearly about them. It represents the initial 'pool' of knowledge in our

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