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Pre-write

Pre-write: How do I find paragraph topics, organize them, and find support for them?

Brainstorming, Free-writing, and Inventing Ideas - This step is the most creative part of the writing process! Here, anything goes; what is important is that you get all your ideas down on paper. It is important to not judge your ideas at this point; you can do that in the next step.

Planning and Supporting Your Ideas - This step involves deciding which ideas to keep from your brainstorming and which ones you should save for another assignment. Also, in this step, you can experiment with different ways to organize your ideas. Oftentimes, reordering a text from chronological order to order of importance can change a text from a summary to an analysis.