Planning your paper is extremely important. Without a plan you do not have a point of reference to look back on while composing your paper. A plan also helps with jotting down your ideas so you do not forget about them while writing your paper. Many students experience this wherein they have a brilliant idea in their mind to implement in their paper, but when it comes time to write they cannot remember it. A plan helps to avoid this agonizing experience. Your plan should include ideas for what you will be writing for each point/paragraph. Hence, your plan will become a condensed version of your final paper, and it will be easy for you to refer back to.