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One Brainstorming Idea for Writers 

11th October 2012 Posted in Blog, Planning, Writing 3 Comments

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All writers get to the point where they simply feel they’ve run out of ideas. Whether they’re burnt out or simply can’t find a new angle to pursue, the moment of a blank mind can happen to anyone. How you work through this and whether you can work through this is what makes you a (successful) writer.

Many writers have ways to prevent this sort of problem from happening, but it never hurts to have some brainstorming tools ready. One of the best tools to start using today is the bubble method, sometimes called the cloud method.

Bubble (Cloud) Method

You need a piece of paper and a pen. In the middle of the page, write down the topic you need to cover in your writing. Circle it, and then start branching out from this main idea. Think about the other ideas that are related, questions you have about those related topics, etc. The goal is to make a map of the ideas that can stem from the original assignment.

What you will notice is that you have many more ideas and thoughts about the topic than you realized. Even though you might not know what to do with these ideas, you will have them written down and ready for you to use.

Take as much time as it takes to write down every single idea you have in your mind, and then step back from the map for 24 hours. Come back to the piece of paper and see which idea appeals to you the most.

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3 Comments

  1. By Nick Stamoulison 15th, October 2012 at 1:40 pm

    It’s better to write a good piece than to throw something together. All writers will experience writer’s block at some point. It can help to spend some time reading the work of others to find inspiration.

  2. By editoron 17th, October 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Nick. Agree, reading can help, as was suggested in the earlier Reading to Improve Your Writing post, and because it can take your mind to new places to get you thinking about things you might not have otherwise considered.

  3. By Stephanie Justeon 11th, November 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks!

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