Brainstorming Writing Topics & How to Brainstorm with Examples
Brainstorming is a very simple way to get your ideas flowing.
- There are many ways to brainstorm, however within this hub, I will demonstrate an example of how to brainstorm the topic, writing.
- Don't worry if you don't understand it, you can bookmark it for reference!
- There are also other ways to brainstorm your creative writing ideas.
- Some videos are included for these other brainstorming methods.
Step 1: Topic
The first step is to start with the topic. If you can't find your own topic to start with, use this example to start. Start with the topic, "Writing."
At the top of your page, write down your own topic.
Step 2: The Subtopic
The next step, the subtopic,the middle-man, so-to-speak. This is where your topic takes its leap forward into the subtopic. I'll use "Brainstorming" for the example.
Next to the topic that you've written, put a colon and then your subtopic beside it.
Step 3: Sub- and Super-Topics
The third step is to create Sub- and Super-topics.
Writing: Brainstorming: Sub-Brainstorming
This focuses on the relationships of the subtopic "Brainstorming" relates to the main topic "Writing." Write down as many known relationships as you can or deem fit.
Writing: Brainstorming: Super-Brainstorming
This focuses on new ideas and not-yet formed relationships. Write down all ideas related to brainstorming and make them relate to anything you can think of.
Divide your page into 2 sections to do this step.The first section will be dedicated to sub-topics. The second section will be dedicated to super-topics. In the above examples, I've used Sub- and Super-Brainstorming.
Step 4: Moving forward with your ideas.
How should you relate your ideas to this? Get another sheet of paper (you might need 5-10 sheets of paper, or more.) If you remember back in school when you had a list of things to the left and a corresponding list to the right and had to draw a line to the "correct" answer, this will be easy for you. If not it will be easy for you too.
Select any idea from your brainstorm exercise and draw a line from that idea to the next idea to the next and to the following. Pretty soon you'll not only have the brainstormed ideas, but more-so the beginnings of outline that will contain much of what you'd like to write about.
Brainstorming at Google NYC
Another Brainstorming Video
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