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How to Brainstorm for Creative Writing

How to Brainstorm for Creative Writing

Author: Lydia Weeden

CCSS Grade 3, Writing

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

a.   Introduce a topic and group related information together; include illustrations when useful to aiding comprehension.

b.   Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.

c.   Use linking words and phrases (e.g., also, another, and, more, but) to connect ideas within categories of information.

d.   Provide a concluding statement or section.

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Here's a starter video to give you some ideas on how to brainstorm.

Lets look at the three methods for brainstorming mentioned in the above video.

Freewriting: Write about anything that comes to mind without editing for a consistent period of time. Just keep writing/typing. 

Clustering: for visual learners. Create a central topic in the middle of the paper. Connect subtopics to the central topic to create a web of ideas.

Journaling: Take a personal approach. Describe your reaction to what's around you, how you feel about a situation, what you like or what you hate. 

Now that you know how you'll brainstorm, let's get some ideas for what to write about!

Try one of these categories for topics!

Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Scrambler

Use the link below for character and prompt generation.

Check it out!

If you're having trouble, maybe start with a cool character and write about what their life would be like.