Need help getting started? Try this classic brainstorming technique. Then click the link at the bottom for even more brainstorming ideas!
Don't worry about shaping your thoughts or correcting them - just write things down and don't erase anything. Don't worry about spelling; if you're struggling to remember a name or source, just draw a line there so you can fill it in later.
It's okay if your thoughts come out as words, phrases, or complete sentences - just get them down on paper first. Do this for the full five minutes; if the alarm goes off and you still have thoughts coming out, just silence the alarm and keep writing until you have your thoughts down.
Stand up, stretch, and sit down for part 2:
There's no right or wrong answer to how you answer the prompt. You could list things together by theme, arrange them according to what you like and dislike the most, or even categorize them by color.
When you're done, take a different color pen or pencil and re-read your two pieces of paper:
This exercise will give you a list of ideas that might turn into a paper topic. The next step is to find out which of these ideas (it could be more than one) is most important, helping you to narrow down the topic that you will be writing about.
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