so clearly that the busy world will stop to read it, and having read it will pause to think, for the ability to make men think in a new way should be the aim of every writer". Both recommend getting the structure, your story, right before setting out: the long way around being the shortest way home, to cliché a little. Hoover's four rules for defining the structure of a piece of writing should be followed: (1) Include Every Topic Required by the Subject, (2) Exclude Every Topic Not Required by the Subject, (3) Working from the Top Down, Divide Each Topic into All Its Subordinates, and (4) Order Each Group of Coordinates Properly.
Both Hoover and Field recommend using three-by-five inch cards for organising thoughts and storyboarding. There is much online advice of varying quality about thesis structure.
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