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:




  • 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" 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.


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