Once you have defined the terms of the question as described in the previous chapter, and you have completed, for the time being at least, your research and so have assembled material from books, cases and journal articles, the question arises of where you go from there. One answer is to start writing the rest of the essay and see how it develops — but that is not the preferred answer. The reason for that is that you are embarking on a journey with the starting point, your question, and the end point, your final answer, fairly well defined. If you start off in the general direction of the answer you will probably arrive eventually. However, in the process you are likely to go out of your way; you may become lost and have to turn back to find where you should be and the whole journey will have taken longer than it should have. You will probably have had to discard part of what you have done because it does not fit or takes you over your word limit. No matter which of these applies, they will all have one effect in common, that you have wasted time.
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