When you’re not sure how to present an argument, the best way to deal with it is to create an outline. Not only can it help you get a handle on the different issues affecting your topic, it will show you the strengths of the various points you can employ to push it forward. Here are the steps to accomplish that:
- Write a position statement, announcing your stance. Keep it simple, such as “I am in favor of net neutrality.”
- Compose a list of pros and cons. One way of doing this is to use three columns of an Excel sheet. On the first column, write points that support your position; one the second, write down the counter-points; on the third, put down the evidence that can support your points on column one.
- From the list, choose which particular lines make the strongest case for your argument and put them in a separate document. You want points whose evidence not only supports it, but can directly rebutt the counter-point too.
- For each line, arrange them according to a logical sequence and list down details that allow you to expand its discussion.
After you’ve got the outline laid out, drafting your argument should be an easier proposition. Just keep the outline on hand, fire up the word processor and have your English checking software on hand – you should be all set.