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In composing an essay or similar piece, in which sequence should a writer do the following?

A Narrow topics to a main idea, find which main points support the main idea, decide how to sequence main points, list all details supporting each main point, organize details in sequential order

First the writer should narrow down all topics included to a main idea. Then s/he should identify main points supporting that main idea, decide how to sequence those main points, list all the details that support each of the main points, and then organize those details in a chosen sequential order (e.g., by association, by logical progression, from strongest to weakest, or from weakest to strongest).