When we get a new assignment, we’re often tempted to jump right in and start writing. In our experience, this approach can waste precious time and energy.
After you’ve done your research, and before you sit down to tackle a first draft, you need to figure out how to organize your content. You may want to use a mind map or an old-fashioned outline. Your outline doesn’t have to be final—or perfect—and you don’t have to write your document in the same order as your outline. You can skip around. If it’s easy to start with an item in the middle of your outline, it’s fine to start there. The key is to connect your ideas in a way so your readers can easily follow.