Sometimes your instructor will give you an idea to begin an assignment, and other times your instructor will ask you to come up with a topic on your own.
My purpose: ____________________________________________ My audience: ____________________________________________ When selecting a topic, you may also want to consider something that interests you or something based on your own life and personal experiences.
Even everyday observations can lead to interesting topics.
If you think that a blank sheet of paper or a blinking cursor on the computer screen is a scary sight, you are not alone.
Many writers, students, and employees find that beginning to write can be intimidating.
Reading plays a vital role in all the stages of the writing process, but it first figures in the development of ideas and topics.
Different kinds of documents can help you choose a topic and also develop that topic.
The more you plan in the beginning by reading and using prewriting strategies, the less time you may spend writing and editing later because your ideas will develop more swiftly.
Prewriting strategies depend on your critical reading skills.
Reading prewriting exercises (and outlines and drafts later in the writing process) will further develop your topic and ideas.
As you continue to follow the writing process, you will see how Mariah uses critical reading skills to assess her own prewriting exercises.