Brainstorming

Brainstorming is not only part of the writing process, it is itself a process that often involves discrete steps.  What are the steps in your brainstorming process? 


Some common techniques for brainstorming include:


Back of the Napkin Approach/Note Taking

Free Writing

Letter Writing

Clustering

(write one idea in the center of a page and connect it to other words or ideas)


Mapping

(create a visual representation of what you are thinking)


Drawing/Cartooning

(have a conversation with someone about your writing project or assignment)


Dramatic Monologue/Dialogue 

(write out a conversation that explores your topic)


Create a pre-draft outline



Below, you will find links to several other resources related to understanding Brainstorming:


Brainstorming (UNC)

Brainstorming (CUNY Write Site)

Brainstorming (Purdue OWL)