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California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Latest update: July 15, 1999
Faculty on the Site.
25 Words or Less
Paper Clips: Links Between Ideas
What's the most important thing you want the Other to know?
Suppose your topic is violence? Maybe you just want to say that violence is bad. But that would never convey to anyone that you had seriously thought about the topic of violence, and had something to say about it. The statement is too general; lacks detail.
Maybe what you really mean is that you do not like the results of violence, would not like to engage in violence, and would like a community that discouraged violence. Because this statement is specific it immediately suggests at least three following paragraphs:
Are we talking about street violence, drive by shootings, child abuse, domestic violence, war??? Chances are that one project can't cover all those aspects. So here is where you must start to choose.
The 25 words makes you settle on a single topic - all that one paragraph can hold.
Want a guide?
Pick anything you've read that appealed to you.