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1. BRAINSTORMING — listing (as a group or individual activity)
a. Set a time limit of 5 to 15 minutes.
b. Write the topic at the top of a blank page and begin writing as rapidly as possible your ideas on the topic. Write a list of words, phrases, and partial questions. Do not attempt to write out complete sentences; just get down the essence of one idea and move on to your next idea.
c. As you write, let one word or phrase suggest another. Follow word associations as far as they lead you into related ideas.
d. Stop at the end of the time period and review your notes. Complete fragmentary ideas. While considering your purpose in writing and your intended audience, add more writing ideas and organize the list according to some system.

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