It's Brainstorming Time

12:00 PM

I've been sitting here for a couple of hours allowing myself to get distracted by YouTube while my inner conscience keeps saying "Rose, you should be writing blog posts". But I've looked through my list of ideas and many  partially started drafts, but nothing seems to be speaking to me. So I decided, why not have a brainstorming session and post about that?

Genius, no?

Here are a few brainstorming techniques I use when I'm stuck in a rut.

1. Listing

Whip out a piece of paper and write a word (preferably one that's related to your blog's niche). What does that word make you think of? Write that down. What does the next word make you think of? Write that down. And so on and so forth. No matter what, don't stop. Keep going until you find a word/topic you'd like to write about. :)

Here's my list:

+ writing
+ journaling
+ daily
+ experiences
+ emotions
+ memories
+ happy
+ smiling
+ laughing
+ joyful
+ playful

2. Visualizing

I'm a very visual person who happens to own several social media accounts that have photos with the potential to inspire me. I use them. And you should too. Scroll through your Pinterest, Tumblr, We Heart It, or even Instagram feed to gather ideas. I find this especially helpful when I want to write something very visual for a book scene I'm working on, but don't feel like I have the right details in mind. :)

Take a look at my photographic inspiration board on Pinterest if you're in search of inspiration.

Follow Nicole Rose's board p h o t o g r a p h i c i n s p i r a t i o n . on Pinterest.

3. Questioning

Look at the world around you and ask questions. Change your perspective. Hang upside down. Close your eyes and breathe. Leave the house, take a walk. Use a new approach.

"Why is the sky blue?"
"Where do the birds go when it's cold?"
"Is our earth really round?"
"How is glitter made?"

Et cetera, et cetera.

Write down your questions and discoveries to get yourself thinking as you search for answers.

4. Mapping

Create a word map. Start with a central idea (for example we'll use blogging) then have several related topics branching off from it. From each of those topics, add a few sub specific sub topics. Here's a graphic presentation:

And there you have it. Four unique brainstorming techniques. Comment below which one is your favorite.

If you need more help finding your muse, check out my post, 7 Ways To Seek & Find Your Inspiration. :)

What has your brain stormed today?

Thanks for reading!

xx Nicole Rose

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9 Sweet Notes

  1. I actually thoroughly enjoyed this post.
    Thank you, Rose. <3

  2. This is awesome! Pinterest is a great way to get inspiration, I use it everyday :P

    a little bit of sunshine

  3. I really like this, especially your list idea! I use Pinterest all the time for story inspiration. I'll be sure to check out your board. ;)

  4. I love the ideas you gave for brainstorming! I do the third method a lot. People think it's annoying, but it's one of the ways I process the world. XD

    xoxo Morning

  5. I seriously though "Mapping" said "Mopping." And I was like WHAT? But you know, cleaning actually has inspired me quite a few times. ;) This is a wonderful post full of wonderful ideas. Thanks. ^-^

  6. Great idea! The word mapping is kinda like the 'mind maps' I make. They look really cool. I'll have to try these things.

  7. This is so great!! Thank you for the ideas!!!

  8. How awesome! Thanks for the tips! :)

  9. I'm going to have to try out these tips sometime (very soon). So, thank you!


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