Tap Directly Into Your Creative Mind... And Easily Access YOUR Million-Dollar Ideas Ideas are the lifeblood of success... and the best ideas originate with brainstorming. Brainstorming can help you successfully fix any problem, build any business, generate any plan, or develop any story. But the problem is that most people have no clue how to effectively brainstorm - either by themselves or with groups. You can waste a lot of time coming up with old, boring ideas that won't work... and the whole time you actually believe that you are brainstorming.
I I Read the opinion paragraphs in exercise 1 on page 33 and exercise 8 on page 35 again. Then write a paragraph about one of the opinions you expressed in exercise 10 above. Brainstorm ideas, narrow your topic, and then write. Remember to use modal auxiliaries. 16 Write an opinion paragraph. First, answer this question What do I want my reader to think or do Then brainstorm ideas and narrow your topic. Use modal auxiliaries and causal adverbs. I Brainstorm ideas to compare and contrast. Think of people, places, and things. Then compare your lists with a partner.
When you truly have no idea where to begin, try brainstorming. Brainstorming is a problem-solving technique in which one person or a group suggests as many ideas as possible about a given problem or situation, concentrating on quantity Fig. 1.1. A list compiled by brainstorming includes a variety of ideas. Ideas on a brainstorming list often overlap. Some are general and some are specific. Some may be earthshaking, others silly. This is not only acceptable, but necessary and desirable. Avoid making judgments during this stage. This powerful idea-generating technique works best when the brain functions in an unrestricted manner.
Brainstorming Is The Tedious, Time-consuming Process which eventually uncovers a new play-on-words (POW). Humor writers spend more energy in word play than they do in foreplay. Now chart each heading with as many subheads as you can think of, and keep adding to the list every time you have another brainstorm. Don't censor yourself. The quantity of ideas is important here quality comes later.
I learnt the 'mind map' technique when I was 17, on a weekend course at a women's education centre. A friend who was very arty and picture-thinking said it had changed her life, so I thought I'd give it a go. I took to it really easily. I love the way I can use colours and pictures and my own personal codes. (A little drawing of a sock is often my shorthand for 'socialist'. Word association ) I use mind maps for taking notes in lectures, although I sometimes give up if the lecture is badly structured and I can't tell where it's 'going'. Mind maps need a clear frame but, on the other hand, doing a mind map often generates one. I use them for brainstorm-ing and for essay plans. I tend to take linear notes from books and articles and then synthesize the ideas in a mind map for my essay plan. I give presentations from mind maps and sometimes hand them out, which people like. They're more visually exciting than linear notes. I revise using mind maps. It's so enjoyable to create them I like...
Qualitative, exploratory data gathered from informants, such as notes taken during talks and brainstorming in focus or discussion groups recorded unstructured semi-structured interviews', and student essays written around the subject of the enquiry. The best items are often the ones that sound as if they had been said by someone - so why not include phrases and sentences that have indeed been said by real informants
The following prewriting and precomposing planning strategies can help you to think of subjects and ideas to use for writing. Most are methods of brainstorming-rapidly thinking of ideas without judging them until you can see the whole picture. Not judging is important because sometimes a crazy idea may lead to a very good one. Clustering, brainstorming in a circle, and freewriting looping work best for generating ideas. However, listing, columns, and graphic organizers may move beyond generating ideas to actually help with organizing them. Finally, outlining is a traditional organizing strategy that is especially important for long papers with many sections to them. See Writing a Research Paper. LISTING Quickly write down words, phrases, etc. as you think of them. The list does not indicate importance it just lets you see what you are thinking. Listing can be taken a step further to organization if you use arrows and numbers to group or to categorize what fits together. By adding...
First, fill one or two pages with free writing. Put down everything that comes to mind. Then try the more analytical approach of asking questions. (A variation of this exercise is to work with several friends group brainstorming can be more productive than working alone.)
8 Choose one topic from exercise 3 on page 50. Brainstorm more idea6 if necessary, then write a paragraph about it. Use conditional sentences. 10 Work with a group. For each of these topic sentences, brainstorm solutions. Introduce each solution with one of the phrases above. Then think of one more problem together, and give it to another group to discuss. i I With a partner, talk abnut the Solutions that this student brainstormed for her topic. Mark each one strong, OK, or weak. i I With a partner, talk abnut the Solutions that this student brainstormed for her topic. Mark each one strong, OK, or weak. I 3 For the problem paragraph you wrote in exercise 8 on page 53, brainstorm solutions. Edit your brainstorming, then write a solution paragraph. Use linking phrases and conditional sentences. 14 Look at this list of ideas that a student brainstormed about his topic. Work with a partner to divide the ideas into problems and solutions. Try to add one more problem and solution to the...
Whether you are given a specific prompt (writing assignment) to answer or a general purpose such as writing a persuasive essay or writing about something that you have experienced, you need to think through and to gather your ideas. Ask yourself What do I know about this topic, or what would I like to write about Ideas may come from your past experiences, your reading, your interests, your thoughts or feelings about a subject, or your class discussion. Get your ideas written down in some way so that you can see them on the page. You might brainstorm by clustering, listing, or freewriting to discover what you have to say.
OUTLINING Outlining is a formal organizing tool that helps you to see relationships and to see the parts of your subject. Usually, some other brainstorming process proceeds the use of an outline. More details about outlining can be found under Outlining in the Writing the Research Paper section of this handbook.
You may be familiar with the practice of freewriting. It is a useful brainstorming technique used frequently in composition classes. Sometimes the practice is called fastwriting. I prefer freewrite because free more closely suggests the intent of this practice. To freewrite is to write without ceasing, usually for a given period of time. Your pen or pencil should not leave the paper. Neither should you stop to erase or correct. Importantly, you are not bound, in a freewrite, to correct grammar, spelling, or punctuation. Just write whatever comes to mind for as long as prescribed.