FROM START TO FINISH
A SIX-STEP GUIDE
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Introduction What makes writing hard? How this book helps Can anyone learn to write? How the six steps work Writing assignments Understanding assignments Two kinds of writing assignments v v v vi vii 1 2 3
Step One: Getting ideas
About getting ideas Getting ideas for imaginative writing Getting ideas for an essay
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Step Two: Choosing
About choosing ideas Choosing ideas for imaginative writing Choosing ideas for an essay
Step Three: Outlining
About making an...