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Books on Brainstorming
Brain Storm by
Publication Date: 2003
Quick Brainstorming Activities for Busy Managers by
Publication Date: 2012
30 Minutes to Brainstorm a Solution by
Publication Date: 1997
Methods of Brainstorming
Brainstorming is another word for thinking. Specifically, it is a lot of thinking at one time about a given topic. Some people organize as they brainstorm, others spill out ideas as quickly as they can without worrying about organization. There are as many different ways of brainstorming as there are people who brainstorm. Human minds all work differently, so different techniques have been developed to help everyone come up with ideas. The following websites offer a variety of brainstorming options. Try several different techniques until you find one or two that work especially well for you.
UNC Writing Center
The University of Northern Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center offers up descriptions of 13 brainstorming techniques, including freewriting, listing, and mapping.
Brainstorming for Creativity
Persistance Unlimited guest author James Adams recommends 10 brainstorming techniques, including word play, role play, and outlining.
After brainstorming a lot of different ideas for a writing assignment, it is necessary to organize those ideas in preparation for writing. The most common form of organizing is an outline, but there are other ways of organizing as well.