Writing Ideas and Strategies to Get Your Ideas Organized

It is always best to organize your writing ideas and topics before you write. Whether you have ten minutes before an in-class essay or a weekend to finish up a midterm paper, always be sure to give yourself time to organize idea.

The purpose of organizing your ideas is to get all of your thoughts about the subject down on paper. This allows you to have a building block and bring structure for your paper.

We have all sat down to write something, at one point in our lives, and been completely lost on where to start. By taking the time to read through these few strategies and actually implement them, you can prevent writers block.


So, how do you start organizing and preparing your thoughts?

The first step is to decide on a method that works best for you. There is no rule on which method you must choose. Give each strategy a try and decide on which you prefer.

Here is a list of possible ways of organizing your writing ideas. Click the links to learn more about each different strategy.

  • Free write: Free writing is a type of writing that many are asked to do in college. During this activity you are asked to write on a particular topic for a certain amount of time. This helps get all of your ideas down on paper without worrying about grammatical errors.
  • Clustering: Clustering is a prewriting activity that allows you to get all of your ideas down on paper. You start by choosing a word that is central to your topic, and then your branch off to other sub-ideas as they come to you.
  • Brainstorming: Brainstorming is probably one of the easiest techniques. All you have to do is write down every idea that comes to mind.
  • Writing Outline: This technique is used to organize your ideas as well. However, outlining is a more structured technique that truly can guarantee the organization of your paper, if you stick to the technique while writing.

No one method is better than the other. In order to decide which method produces the best results for you, you must experiment with them.

Find a method that works for you and really commit to it so your paper will be more organized.

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