One caveat to mention when it comes to brainstorming: never judge your thoughts before penning them. The purpose of brainstorming is to write down all ideas, no matter how off topic or silly they may appear. Often those seemingly random thoughts are the ones that lead to deep insights.
This is by far the most popular brainstorming method, and probably the easiest to utilize. In fact, when I sat down to brainstorm this blog post, I used a list: how many ways are there to brainstorm?
While making lists is the most popular brainstorming method, freewriting is usually considered the least popular.
Some may argue that all journaling is a letter to oneself since the intended audience is in fact us.
Sometimes discursive thought is not directed toward ourselves but someone else. Perhaps this involves others who have hurt us in the past. We want them to ask for forgiveness. We want them to apologize. But their words never come.
This is a slight variation on the previous two methods.
Writing a dialogue script is similar to the brainstorm method above, except you write the voice of both characters.
I stumbled upon this method of brainstorming quite by accident, but now I use it on a regular basis.
Yes! I suffer from too much busyness.