Chapter 6: Selecting Your Topic What are the four techniques for developing a set of potential topics and how do they work? o The four techniques for developing a set of potential topics are brainstorming, word association, mind mapping, and research. Brainstorming is when you list every idea that comes to mind, without evaluating its merits. Word association is when you list one potential topic then write whatever comes to mind when you think about the idea. Mind mapping is when you write down a word or phrase in the middle of a large piece of blank paper and then surround it with words and images representing other ideas that come to you. Finally research is when you consult print or online publications to help you find topic ideas; in addition you can search subject-based indexes on the internet. How do you select and refine the best topic?
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