Whether you’re writing a blog, a book, a short story or a poem, here are some ways you can brainstorm ideas for writing. While this post is geared more toward creative writing, it can work in any case of writing – even a work email!
- Think of your idea in a sentence. This post goes into more on that and will really help you narrow down your thoughts.
- Stick with what works for you. While I prefer electronic, you may prefer paper to start with. Go with what works best.
- Write down your sentence and then start jotting down words or phrases associated with your main idea.
- You may want to turn to research or even Google to get some more ideas flowing if you find yourself paused and need more information.
- After you have your main idea and all of your other ideas down, then start to outline. I don’t love to outline personally, so at this stage I would jump into writing. If you find that difficult to do though, start with an outline.
- Write as much as you can and then go back and read it. I would recommend editing after you write and not as you write. It may stall your creative process.
- Revise, revise, revise.
There you go! That’s a quick and easy guide for how to brainstorm ideas for writing.