You have now looked at your topic and considered your sources of information.

Before you start developing a plan for your essay, brainstorm some ideas. When you brainstorm, write down everything that occurs to you about your particular topic.  Do not censor, or edit, or worry about something seeming silly.

  • Look for patterns once you've had a brainstorm about your topic
  • You may have a number of thoughts about one part of your topic, and fewer thoughts about another
  • Note the patterns, this will help you to direct your research toward the areas about which you have less information, or help you to narrow your topic to a more manageable size