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


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


(create a visual representation of what you are thinking)


(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)