Considering your argument working out your story and getting your central idea

One important element of shaping your writing is concerned with developing your argument. An 'argument' is one of the things tutors are most often looking for when they set written assignments, and they often criticize an assignment on the grounds that it does not have an 'argument'. However, in practice, the term often means different things in different subjects and even to different tutors, as we saw in Chapter 3. It certainly doesn't mean a 'quarrel' (although as a matter of fact academics are rather notorious for conducting academic 'quarrels'). An argument can be described in quite technical and particular ways, and we explore this further in the next chapter. Here we are concentrating on developing your central idea and structuring your writing around this.

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