Last Updated on: January 22nd, 2018
I was feeling some pressure about what to write about for my next blog post, and I didn’t like this feeling. It wasn’t writer’s block, exactly, since I wasn’t stuck for a topic to write about (I can write about almost anything!) but I felt like I needed to brainstorm some new ideas. So what I did was this:
I took out my markers and sketchpad and wrote the main topic of my blog in the middle: ME.
Then, because I like colourful things, I began listing different topics all around my main topic.
I added a few lines, a few “clouds” to highlight each category, and this emerged:
I had used almost all of the colours by this point, and so I decided to use one more colour to add four more topics at the bottom. Then I thought about what I had already written about, and added them to my mind map. The ideas were really flowing by this point!
Once I filled the page, I stopped. This is what my page looked like when I was finished with it:
Clearly, brainstorming works! What started out as an empty page (often daunting for writers and artists) became a resource page that I can look at whenever I feel stuck for a topic to write about!
If you’d like to do this on your computer, you can use this Mind Map tool.
If you need some useful tips on brainstorming, check out “Using Mind Maps for Brainstorming”.
Read this if you want more information about How To Mind Map.
What do you do when you are stuck for an idea to write about? How do you brainstorm? Do you think you might brainstorm my way? Share your secrets with the rest of us!
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