Brainstorming is a great way to quickly gain access to ideas you already have locked away in your brain.
Spider Web / Mind Mapping
Besides the Spider Web technique in elementary school, the process is also referred to as Fishbone, Cloud, Star, and Tree. Many others call it Mind Mapping. It is simply a way for you to get your thoughts down on paper quickly.
For a Brainstorming - Mind Mapping session , time yourself for 10-30 minutes, and go, go, go! See what you come up with. I use the little digital timer my friend, Wendy, gave me at a writers’ retreat I attended. It has served me well.
As soon as you have your main idea, each idea connected to it becomes an outline topic. And that will become a chapter or a sub-topic or scene in your book.
You have a brain filled with information that is already yours, experience that is yours, creativity that is yours. Now look at it as a resource, an asset that you are now tapping into.
If you give yourself the chance to experiment with this idea, you will soon see that you can easily perform a brainstorming session with the end result: lots of ideas!
Click on the above picture for more on Outlining your work.
Use posterboard with sticky notes or even a dry erase board with colored pens. Use your creative juices here, folks!
Order your thoughts, scenes, and storyline on sticky notes and put in “storyline order” on your poster, wall, window, etc.
Color coordinating the sticky notes by character is even more helpful, engaging your senses in understanding your story, your characters, and the order of the overall story. At a glance, you know what is going on.