how to brainstorm ideas while writing a story by colin

How To Brainstorm Ideas While Writing A Story


    In this article I’ll be talking a little bit about my experiences with writing a story, and several different methods that have worked for me in terms of generating ideas. Writing a story isn’t an easy feat timewise, as you do have to allocate a substantial portion of your free time to accomplish the task.

If you aren’t struggling with time, all you have to do is sit down and start writing. This can be a wonderful method of writing, because you’re getting your ideas out onto the paper in their most raw, unfiltered form. This method helped me enormously with laying the groundwork and  establishing the plot for my book. You needn’t pay attention to editing, either. At least not until you have your ideas clearly written out, so that you can read them yourself and decide where to make changes without worrying about how it will affect future parts of the story.

If you don’t feel confident enough to simply start writing from scratch, you could try developing a mind-map. Mind maps are a simple way of visually representing your ideas. You start with a single bubble, the main idea for your story (the title). From that point you can make more bubbles around it representing other subtopics. For example: (Rendezvous With Rama)--->(Characters)--->(Captain Edward Norton). I didn’t personally use this method that much with the development of my story, but I did find it incredibly useful with other projects.

Though you could simply draw up a mind map, there are many, many different online tools that you can use to create highly detailed ones, from SimpleMind to the Mind Map Maker by Canva (click here). Remember that no matter what tool you use to create a mind map, they all operate on the same principle, but may vary in complexity (that’s  why I highly recommend the free version of SimpleMind).

Mind maps sound too complicated? You’re in luck, nothing beats some good old-fashioned brainstorming! Simply follow these easy steps: First, grab a piece of paper, then grab a pencil or a pen, and finally, start writing out some ideas, and use as few words as possible. Don’t worry about what to put down. If it pops into your head, write it! This method should help you a lot, especially if neither of the other two seem to fit your writing/thinking style.

Thinking of ideas to start your story can be a humongous pain in the a$$, but if you can come up with at least the title and one idea, you have everything you need. It doesn’t even matter if the idea is good, or complete garbage. Remember, it’s your story, so you can change whatever you want, whenever you want!

I hope all of  you future literary artists out there find these three methods helpful to achieving your goal of creating and developing a story, or even better helped you realize that a blank page is pure potential, that it’s nothing more than a canvas, waiting for you  to bring your vision to life!

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