At times, writing your first sentence can become a roadblock to completing the project. Luckily, there are brainstorming techniques you can use to fire up your creative thinking and get your essay off to a fast start.
Sometimes, the hardest thing about writing an essay is getting that first sentence down on paper. At times, the first sentence can even become a roadblock to completing the remainder of the project. Luckily, there are brainstorming techniques you can use to fire up your creative thinking and get your essay off to a fast start. Keep reading to learn about three brainstorming techniques to help you craft the perfect essay.
- Write a dialogue.
- Remember the five Ws and one H technique.
- Experiment with mind mapping.
1. Write a dialogue
Pretend you are writing a one-act play in which two people are arguing about your topic.
When using this brainstorming technique, pretend you are writing a one-act play in which two people are arguing about your topic. The first person in the dialogue puts forth a point that you are planning to include in your essay. Imagine what the second person will argue in response. Continue by having Person A rebut with relevant facts. Sketching out this conversation will help you strengthen your arguments and identify areas where there may be gaps in your knowledge of the topic.
Here is a look at how you could start an imaginary dialogue about the topic of term limits for politicians:
Person A: The longer members of Congress stay in office, the more out of touch they are with their constituents at home. Term limits are the best solution to this problem.
Person B: But being a member of Congress comes with a huge learning curve! People who can serve for multiple terms will be better representatives because they will be more effective and understand how processes work.
Continue this give-and-take to give yourself an idea of the points and counterpoints that you could address in your essay.