I like to you concept maps and brain storm what you are going to write first and then I like to add some details and examples to the concept map. Once the map is done, I start writing the essay and create a rough draft. I then edit the draft for voice, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, as well as anything else that needs to be done. After that I create a second and a third draft, just to remove any problems with the word phrasing or repair anything that needs to be corrected. By the time I get through I usually get an "A" on the paper.