For this exercise, you should dump your thoughts onto paper in small text boxes.Once you’ve completed a rough outline, you might once again be tempted to start your essay. First, you need to tackle the final step in the essay preparation process: a topic outline. Organizing after drafting occurs when an essay is organized from ideas already developed in a rough essay.A topic outline is built around your rough outline. For some writers, developing an organized essay from a disorganized one produces the most creative results.Imagine that your writing assignment is to explore symbolism in the childhood tale of "Little Red Riding Hood." In the samples provided to the left (click to enlarge), you will see several text boxes that contain random thoughts concerning events and symbols in the story.At first, you don't have to worry about which thoughts represent major topics and which represent subtopics.To make this process easier, place your thesis statement after the phrase “I believe that.” For example, you might want to write an essay about how golden retrievers make great pets, so you’d write: “I believe that golden retrievers make great pets.” Now your essay has a thesis.The phrase, “I believe that,” will eventually be removed in the final version of your essay, but for now this starter phrase will help you to organize the rest of your paper.You can select, copy, and paste text into a new document to transfer the words into paper paragraphs.Organizing before drafting occurs when brainstorming is structured and focused into an organized essay.The first step in this method of organizing your work is to pour your thoughts onto paper in several text boxes.Once you've done this, you can arrange and rearrange those text boxes until they form an organized pattern.