“The computer is really good for editing your ideas, and it’s really good for getting your ideas ready for publishing out into the world, but it’s not really good for generating ideas. There are too many opportunities to hit the delete key. The computer brings out the uptight perfectionist in us — we start editing our ideas before we have them.”
Austin Kleon, “Steal Like an Artist”
Stephen King describing how he gets story ideas for his books:
“These were all situations which occurred to me — while showering, while driving, while taking my daily walk — and which I eventually turned into books”
From On Writing
Take a pen. Take some paper. Unload what’s in your head!!!
Everything. Get it all out of your head and onto paper.
Don’t filter anything. Just get in down on paper.
Paper is key. Computers have too many limitations.
Whether you like outline method or mindmapping, do what works for you.
I like to do a combination, but mostly mindmapping nowadays. It is more free-form.
Below are a bunch of example of my brainstorms.
How do you brainstorm? What works for you?