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3 Brainstorming Techniques to Help You Craft the Perfect Essay

At times, writing your first sentence can become a roadblock to completing the project. Luckily, there are brainstorming techniques you can use to fire up your creative thinking and get your essay off to a fast start.

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Varsity Tutors, as read by Mignon Fogarty,
February 8, 2018
Episode #607

3 Brainstorming Techniques to Help You Craft the Perfect Essay

Sometimes, the hardest thing about writing an essay is getting that first sentence down on paper. At times, the first sentence can even become a roadblock to completing the remainder of the project. Luckily, there are brainstorming techniques you can use to fire up your creative thinking and get your essay off to a fast start. Keep reading to learn about three brainstorming techniques to help you craft the perfect essay.

  1. Write a dialogue.
  2. Remember the five Ws and one H technique.
  3. Experiment with mind mapping.

1. Write a dialogue

Pretend you are writing a one-act play in which two people are arguing about your topic.

When using this brainstorming technique, pretend you are writing a one-act play in which two people are arguing about your topic. The first person in the dialogue puts forth a point that you are planning to include in your essay. Imagine what the second person will argue in response. Continue by having Person A rebut with relevant facts. Sketching out this conversation will help you strengthen your arguments and identify areas where there may be gaps in your knowledge of the topic.

Here is a look at how you could start an imaginary dialogue about the topic of term limits for politicians:

Person A: The longer members of Congress stay in office, the more out of touch they are with their constituents at home. Term limits are the best solution to this problem.

Person B: But being a member of Congress comes with a huge learning curve! People who can serve for multiple terms will be better representatives because they will be more effective and understand how processes work.

Continue this give-and-take to give yourself an idea of the points and counterpoints that you could address in your essay.

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