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Determine the questions typically addressed in the document you are writing.

Writing and thinking involve asking and answering questions. The term heuristic is derived from the Greek word heuresis, which means to discover or invent. Heuristic questions refer to the questions both writers and readers commonly ask of documents.

Note: The heuristics discussed here can help you develop any of the writing assignments provided in theProjects section. These questioning strategies can help you develop an idea.

Journalistic Questions: Use the journalist's questions to probe your subject matter.

The Common Topoi and Tagmemic Questions: Use this online tool to systematically explore a topic.

Burke's Pentad:Use Burke's Pentad (a series of questions designed to generate insights) to interpret human events, stories, and movies.