Consider your purpose - Step 2 – Collect information

7 Steps to Better Writing - Charles Maxwell 2020

Consider your purpose
Step 2 – Collect information

Much of what you will need to write will require more information than you possess when you begin. The challenge is to gather sufficient suitable material as fast as possible.

Consider your purpose

Collecting materials for a writing assignment starts with having a clear view of your readers and your scope. As you begin to gather information, ask:

· What material do I already have that I can use?

· What additional data would I like to have?

· What are the best sources for finding more material?

· How much time can I devote to research?

· What type of startling facts or stories should I target, which will attract attention and support my purpose?