"It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to always be right by having no ideas at all." —Edward de Bono
Most people have been taught how to brainstorm, but review these instructions to make sure you understand all aspects of it.
- Make a list (or lists) of every idea you can think of about your subject;
- Don't write in complete sentences, just words and phrases, and don't worry about grammar or even spelling;
- Again, do NOT judge or skip any idea, no matter how silly or crazy it may initially seem; you can decide later which ones are useful and which are not, but if you judge now, you may miss a great idea or connection;
- Do this for 15, 20, or (if you're on a roll) even 30 minutes--basically until you think you have enough material to start organizing or, if needed, doing research.
Below is a sample brainstorm for an argument/research paper on the need for a defense shield around the earth:
Photo: "Brainstorm" ©2007 Jonathan Aguila