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Structuring Ideas and Arguments

Reading may be simple, but writing can sometimes be intimidating. You might stare at your blank page and wonder what to write. You might be afraid of making a mistake.

What is an argument? An argument can be many things. When your purpose in writing is to persuade, an argument is the logical structure of reasons and evidence in support of your claim. In this case, an argument is not just a quarrel or a dispute. You may not be able to convince all of your audience that your ideas are the right ones. However, if you structure your arguments well, you can compel your readers to reconsider their own ideas.

Whether you are simple presenting ideas, or you are offering arguments, the structuring process is the same. Here are some steps to help you structure your thoughts when you write.