Secrets to Writing Great Papers illustrates how to work with ideas-develop them, hone them, and transform them into words. It provides techniques and exercises for brainstorming, choosing the right approach, working with an unknown or boring assigned topic, overcoming writer's block, and selecting the best point of view. Why do so many students draw a blank when they're assigned to write a paper? Even crack grammarians and master spellers have trouble deciding where to begin, how much to say, and how to say it. What many students never really learn is the art of working with ideas-developing them, honing them, and transforming them into words. Secrets to Writing Great Papers fills this gap by helping the student get past the difficult beginnings of putting ideas on paper. Concise and readable, Secrets to Writing Great Papers deals specifically with ideas and how to work with them once you've done your preliminary thinking. This guide provides techniques and exercises for brainstorming, choosing the right approach, working with an unknown or boring assigned topic, incorporating subtopics, and working with length requirements.