(frequently asked questions)
What's the point?
Often it's easier for us to see how our ideas work together or what is missing from our ideas and logic if we work in a more visual way. An essay, after all, is not a flat thing; it is a sculpture where all the parts work together to make concepts and ideas which together form a round, interesting whole. Mapping lets us see how everything is connected.

What if I run off the paper?
Put several sheets together. It's preparation; it's for you - it doesn't have to look tidy!

What if I don't have that many ideas?
Use the bubbles and branches to help you see all of the parts of the ideas you already have. If you simply don't have enough to answer the question, go back to preparation writing. (See Understanding the writing process/preparation writing (Brainstorming and freewriting.)