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Writing Tip of the Year: Brainstorming #amwriting #ASMSG #IARTG

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Mrs. N. is a writer, editor, book promoter, book reviewer, and probably more things that I’m forgetting right now — anyway, she has come up with a very intriguing way to get past writer’s block. Take a look at this right away if you run into any trouble with your current work-in-progress, as it may help you. And keep an eye on her blog, too — lots of interesting stuff going on over there.

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Brainstorming is one of the best-kept secrets writers have. I thought it might be fun to reveal some of the techniques and tips to effective brainstorming for this week’s Writing Wednesday Workshop. Let’s get started:

Definition according to Wikipedia: Brainstorming is a group or individual creativity technique by which efforts are made to find a conclusion for a specific problem by gathering a list of ideas spontaneously contributed by its member(s). The term was popularized by Alex Faickney Osborn in the 1953 book Applied Imagination. Osborn claimed that brainstorming was more effective than individuals working alone in generating ideas, although more recent research has questioned this conclusion. Today, the term is used as a catch all for all group ideation sessions.

My definition is a little more relaxed: Brainstorming is the creative activity by which writers write down ideas, plots, characters in order to map out a book/article.

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Written by Barb Caffrey

December 28, 2015 at 8:05 am

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