1. Create a new document, and name it “Brainstorming.”
  2. Write the essay prompt or your paper topic at the top of the document.
  3. Create a bulletted list for brainstorming.
  4. Brainstorm for a few minutes. Get your ideas down about things you do and don’t know about the topic.
  5. When you’re finished brainstorming, highlight search terms you could use in your research or ideas you will use in your first draft.