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Brainstorming Good Topics For An Argument Essay

Many students do not understand the importance of brainstorming, and often consider it a waste of time. They may prefer to just decide on a topic and begin to write. What they fail to consider, however, is that they may well be missing out on essential points, information, and other ideas that flow freely when students start to brainstorm. So how does this process work and how will it help you? Keep reading....

What makes a good topic?

When you are trying to decide on the topic you are going to write about, pick one about which you feel strongly. You want to make it compelling enough that you will be able to hold the attention of your audience. If you are unable to keep them enthralled until the end, the chances that you will sway others to your side is quite low. They are unable to agree with you if they aren't listening in the first place. Hot issues in the news often make good topics for argument essays because the majority of people are aware of them.

The blank page

Right in the middle of your paper, write down the first topic that comes to your mind and circle it. Draw a number of "spider legs" leading away from your circle. On each leg write down the words which come to your mind about the topic, and keep branching outwards in layers.

Read through

Read through all the ideas you have generated so far. As you go through them it is likely you will think of others, so add them in as well. Once you have finished, examine your list critically and see if you have enough basic information to write your paper.

Pick a side

What side of your idea of you going to be arguing on: the for or the against? After you have decided this, you may have other points to add in as they come to mind. Brainstorming is a continuous process that can last right up to the final draft of your paper so feel free to add in ideas whenever they appear. Each new idea can lead to new thoughts which may strengthen your essay.

Draft an outline

This is a vital portion of the writing process. Fill in each section of the outline with the ideas you discovered while brainstorming. Begin to tie them all together into sentences and paragraphs, using credible facts and evidence. Discard any phrases or ideas which do not bring strength to your writing. Complete your rough draft using your outline and edit, revise, and write your final copy.