In this tutorial, we:
Defined "heuristics" as "rule of thumb" strategies that can help you to generate ideas in the initial stages of working on a writing task.
Discussed the importance of understanding your writing assignment.
Identified three types of "unconscious" heuristic strategies (brainstorming, freewriting, and nutshelling), and four types of "conscious" heuristic strategies (Journalist's Questions, Aristotle's Topics, Tagmemics, and Synectics).
Examined the development of a specific thesis from a general topic.
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