Brainstorming is another key issue in developing your essay topic. The word is generally used to denote a process of a very intensive mental work when you must think of and note down all ideas and associations concerning the topic that appear in your mind.
Try working along such scheme:
- Start with asking yourself a lot of questions like “Who?”, “What?”, “Where?”, “When?”, “Why?”.
- Write down everything that comes into your head without evaluating the idea as being good or bad. Do not try to structure the notes in any case at this stage, just note down anything that you can imagine.
- Then, read the list carefully. Now try to find the words that have something in common thematically and unite them together using some special symbols. For example, use a circle around all the words referring to the same ideas.
- See how they correlate with the topic. If you can see the way it can be applied, try to make up a topic sentence out of the key words belonging to one group.
- Then do the same for the second group and so on.
- After this, use the sentences for an outline of your essay.
Brainstorming is not so easy. The simplest and most affordable exercise is to choose a topic and to write at least 10 ideas, related to it, every day. However, if trained and developed on a regular basis, it will help you a lot not only in essay writing, but also in business context, where decision-making techniques and the art of coming up with the most unusual creative ideas are of primary importance.