How to Brainstorm Your Next eBook or Blog Post
Brainstorming is often required to get all of your ideas down on paper before you start writing. Brainstorming helps you to identify the specific details for an idea. As an author you will constantly get new ideas as you write and will often want to change the path of your writing. To help avoid this you want to brainstorm all possible scenarios and outcomes prior to writing to reduce these ‘great ideas’ that pop-up during the writing process that can cause you to take a complete 180 degree turn in your writing.
I never know when or where a great idea will come to me. I always have my phone with me to make notes of new ideas otherwise I will likely forget. If you are a person who constantly has new ideas then I recommend you have a way to document these ideas immediately.
Here are a Few Steps to Help Your ‘Brainstorming’ for New Ideas:
1. Do What’s Comfortable for You
Some of the best-selling authors still use pen and paper to write. Some use their laptop while some now use their tablet. Find what works for you and not what works for someone else.
2. Write, Write and Keep Writing!
Brainstorming is about writing and documenting any thought that comes into your mind. No matter how irrelevant you think it may be, write it down. Your goal is to collect as many ideas and thoughts as possible and then you can analyze them in greater depth later on.
3. Quality Follows Quantity
Once you have exhausted all your ideas the time now is to focus on quality. There are different ways you ca do this. I like to order each idea from highest priority (quality) and to focus on my top ten best ideas. These ideas could be to do with content, headlines, chapters, the story line, plot, characters or unique twists.
4. Find a Place to Clear Your Head
It is often when we are relaxed and not being distracted by our busy everyday tasks that we can start to brainstorm. For me, this is often when I am on the train as I stare out the window. For you, it could be going for a walk, sitting by the lake, hiking, listening to music or just finding a quiet place to get away from your mobile phone and computer.
5. Identify Your Creative Place
You will find that some locations stimulate your creative thinking. It could be sitting in the city square and taking note of your surroundings. Maybe you can get ideas from analyzing the different people around you. Maybe it could be at the supermarket, a local fair or even at a sporting event.
6. Brainstorming if Not a One-off Event
For each eBook you write, or each article you post to your blog, you will want to brainstorm. Keep your notes in one location. Use either a designated folder on your computer or in a folder in your filing cabinet. It can often be beneficial to refer back to previous ideas and elaborate on these.
Brainstorming is a way to help you gather your thoughts and prevent time-wasting down the track by not having to constantly change your writing as a new idea pops into your head. Brainstorming cannot be forced. You will be most creative and find that ideas will flow freely when you are relaxed and away from distractions.