Many of us, who are naturally gifted, can brainstorm and get ideas by merely getting in the shower or laying in bed and staring at the ceiling. However, others find it pretty hard to force themselves to sit and think. Here is where I come in to help you out and suggest some ways that might help you brainstorm for that ‘amazing’ book. The most important, stage of writing a book is brainstorming, which is the base. If you don’t spend enough time doing so, you will not be able to build on it.
For this reason, gather your brainstorming tools, and let’s get right into it. Your instruments could be anything from a pencil & a piece of paper to a cell phone or laptop. Don’t force yourself to brainstorm like someone else. Think deeply about it. What helps you most and what would be useful for brainstorming?
Here are five various and different ways in which you can quickly brainstorm:
Use Writing Prompts
I’m always on Pinterest looking for writing prompts. You can search for some, and you will be amazed by the number of ideas that you can get. You can create a board for writing and save all the posts that you find helpful. You will always be able to refer back to it once you are stuck. Likewise, you can find many writing prompts on google too. However, I would suggest using an app or website that gives you the option of saving them or compiling them all in one space; this will help keep you organized.
2. Create a mind map
Mind maps can be made in several different ways, and this is why I find them pretty interesting to use. If you are the type of person who finds difficulty focusing on one thing, then a mind map will be your new best friend. If you enjoy journaling, then you can pick up a pencil and a piece of paper and start jotting down anything that comes up to your head. Try linking them using arrows or lines if they have anything in common, like the picture below.
Conversely, google mind map tool is another option to help you share and understand complex information online. You can create your diagram digitally instead of writing it down.
3. Post-it Wall
Buy your colourful sticky notes and get ready to decorate your wall! Post-it walls are a brainstorming technique for the creative and artistic people who find jotting down information boring. You can buy different colours and use them as codes while brainstorming. Instead of writing down your ideas on a paper, write them down on the sticky notes and stick them to your wall. Start making connections using the different colours you have. You will not only have your brainstorming done, but you will have a pretty decorated wall as well.
4. Talk to someone who inspires you
Sometimes all you need is just a bit of inspiration. Talk to someone who inspires you and get motivated. I’m sure all the ideas will come running straight away. However, try not to use someone else’s concept in any way. Your idea should be unique to be published and sold. One of my teachers once told me, “Research your concept before proceeding with it. If you find it on the internet, this means that it isn’t unique enough.“
5. Force yourself to do some research
I’m aware that researching might sound annoying, but it is crucial. Research is the key to brainstorming. It enables you to become more knowledgeable and find answers to the unknown. Try encouraging yourself to read one article every day to enrich your learning. To put it concisely, whether you love it or hate it, you will need to do it.