Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: Jul 07, 2016 Views: 587
To organize your ideas in your writing, the Writing Center suggests a few strategies:
- First, take a look at the Writing Center's resources on creating an outline. Determine your thesis and main points, and write them down.
- Look at the information that you have. Categorize the information according to your main points. If you don’t have any main points, group related ideas together to create main points.
- Use a mindmap to help categorize your ideas visually. See Anne's blog post "Mapping Your Mind With Bubbl.us" for mindmapping tips.
- Consider the order of your ideas:
- Do they relate to one another?
- Are they relevant to your main topic?
- Does one cause another?
Remember, related ideas should be next to one another.
- Discuss all related topics before moving on to the next.
- Use transitions to connect your ideas.
- For tips on connecting your ideas, see information on the transitions page.
- Learn more about organizing your research on the Writing Center's organization webpage.
- Watch the "Prewriting Techniques: Taking the First Steps" webinar to learn more about prewriting strategies.
Do you have other general writing questions? E-mail the Writing Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Want to peruse other writing resources? Go to the Writing Center’s homepage.