Precisely because the immersion stage may produce a jumble of ideas and impressions, it becomes necessary to sort things out. Look for patterns in your early responses. Separate major concerns from minor ones, central issues from peripheral ones. Consider which of the many points you've raised call for more examination and discussion.
You could sort your ideas into groups and then rank each group according to its level of interest. You're not looking for answers so much as questions, not solutions but problems. You're far from needing a thesis. In fact, this early, a thesis may be more hindrance than help, as it can create a false sense of certainty and prematurely shut down further inquiry.
Look for patterns in your early responses. Separate major concerns from minor ones, central issues from peripheral ones.
If you don't see an emerging focus, ask some leading questions:
Why do I want to write on gender bias?
Where would I find information on this?
Am I more concerned with the causes or the effects of this issue?
What related issues would I have to consider in order to examine the matter thoroughly?
Finally, you need to focus your exploration and make a commitment to pursue your topic as the writing project evolves.
7.3 Write a short, one paragraph description of the central issue, question, or problem you want to explore. Include any subpoints or related issues that you think might be included in your final paper. If you want, tell why this issue is important to you. Share your paragraph with a partner.