Brainstorming Techniques #1

Picture 4*This was supposed to post yesterday! I’m not sure what happened, but enjoy anyway!

Hustling is a part of the job description for freelance writers. We move at a quick pace writing emails, responding to editors, microblogging on Twitter, updating Facebook, interviewing sources and writing articles, etc.. which is why you are checking FWJ the day after Christmas! Even while we aren’t in front of the computer, we are still coming up with ideas and brainstorming.

Here’s a quick brainstorming trick to play around with as you go in for your second or third round of turkey or ham!


I’m a list lover. My lists help me stay organized in every area of my life and brainstorming lists for writing is no different. It can help you organize an article or give you several ideas/angles on a particular article topics.

To brainstorm list-style, start with the general subject, a keyword or phrase and then list words whatever words come to mind. Here’s an example:

Subject: Query writing

  • how to write
  • letter form
  • linking to other writers
  • clips
  • finding an editor
  • following up
  • introduction
  • sources
  • proofreading
  • audience
  • experience
  • action words
  • contact information

The list can go on and on, but the point is to give yourself plenty of options using this technique. Give it a shot and see how you like it!


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