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Chapter 4. Getting Started > Tip 22 For Long Reports, Use “Section” Brainstormi...

Tip 22 For Long Reports, Use “Section” Brainstorming

To get started writing long reports or memos, break up the writing task into manageable chunks by using section brainstorming.

How to Use Section Brainstorming

  1. Brainstorm a list of the names of sections (or paragraphs or chapters) the report will contain. Use previous reports as models if you wish. (Having sections labeled “Summary” and “Action Requests” is usually a good idea.)

  2. Use one page of paper for each section name on your brainstormed list.

  3. Pick up any of these section pages and start brainstorming the ideas that will appear in that section. Use a brainstorming attitude (see “Brainstorm Now, Organize Later” pg 50). Use clustering, key-word listing (as in the following example), or any other type of brainstorming you want. Skip around among section pages as ideas occur to you.


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