Often people disagree about the precise nature of planning. For
some people, merely thinking about a paper before sitting at their
computer comprises this moment in the writing process. For other
people, planning is a comprehensive period that includes reading,
annotating texts, collecting notes, reading over an assignment,
brainstorming, freewriting, outlining, and even mapping out ideas.
Our methods for getting to that end can often determine our success
and satisfaction with writing. On this page, we have created links
to help writers with various issues that come up at this point in
the writing process.