Writing is oddly a very difficult means of expression in the literature of a language, it is undeniable. And that’s why, when it comes to writing about a subject, people start to get butterflies in their stomachs. Sometimes even the intelligentsia and highly educated people are nervous about writing something.

The art of writing is generally said to be a holistic exercise that requires mastery of a host of factors quite closely related, among other things, to the depth of the writer’s knowledge and the power of the imagination. Imagining means exploring ideas and thoughts. It also means finding an innovative way to put words and phrases to express thoughts and ideas to make the expression clear, concise, compelling and catchy. So one thing is guaranteed that in the absence of ideas we cannot write anything. Ideas are the breeding ground for writing. Ideas are the lifeblood of the art of writing. Ideas are the lifeblood of the art of writing. But the most common problem facing students, teachers, writers, and the intelligentsia in general, is how to come up with ideas. To put it mildly; this problem is also called Writer’s Block, which happens more in the mind than anywhere else.

Earl Nightingale, the famous American radio speaker and author, once said that everything starts with an idea. This means that the idea is the origin of all the creations that people brag about and the world accounts for. So, collecting ideas has been one of the important key tools in the art of writing. This is sometimes also called “pre-writing strategies” or “invention technique”. Written ideas show the depth of an author’s knowledge on a particular subject long before he begins to write.

However, there are a multitude of techniques for collecting ideas which are used by learned and experienced writers to write their masterpieces.

1. Keep an idea book
A professional writer should research ideas for writing on a certain topic. They should also be on the lookout for details to develop their ideas. For this, a writer must provide himself with an idea notebook which is a pocket notebook in which ideas, which spontaneously come to mind, can be written down for future use.

2. Free writing
It means write nonstop, write without any restrictions. Free writing also means writing down whatever comes to mind at any given time without worrying about whether the ideas are relevant to the topic or whether the grammar used is correct. In this type of writing, there is no control over the writing flow.

Pay attention to the following facts when using free writing –

1. It works without any censorship on a thought.
2. Flashes of ideas must be able to flow freely.
3. Don’t go back and think seriously about what you are writing at this point.
4. Reviewing and editing at this point is not recommended.
5. Set a writing goal. A goal can be to write for 10 to 15 minutes at a time or 2 to 3 paragraphs at one time.

3. Brainstorm
It means making a list of all the ideas that may be relevant to a certain topic or topic. Ideas can be enlisted in the form of words or sentences. In brainstorming, ideas don’t need to come in the form of sentences or paragraphs.

4. Mapping
Technically, it is also called clustering or strap. It’s kind of like the brainstorming process. Unlike sentences, paragraphs, or lists, mapping is more visual and less linear. It’s like presenting facts using a flowchart. Below the cartography, a writer begins with a subject, circled in the center of unlined paper. From this center we come out and draw a line that shows the subdivision of the subject. Again, we go deeper to show other subdivisions of the topic and keep doing this until the ideas stop flowing.

5. Use the journalist’s questions
The journalists’ questions are: Who? Why? What? When? Where? How? ‘Or’ What? When a writer begins to write a topic by asking these questions, he succeeds in writing the story from many angles and effortlessly as well. Writing on any topic using reporter questions makes the writing job easier and in stages. It also makes the writing perfect and holistic.

5. Read to write
Reading promotes the generation of ideas and prompts us to reflect on topics. Suppose we read an article about tips for success, we were inspired to write about the importance of patience in success. By reading we get information and this confirms what we already know. But here we have to seriously worry about an important fact. When we read in order to write, we need to be careful about the way we read. In this case, we need to read critically and thoroughly. Critical reading is also necessary for critical thinking. Reading between the lines can also go a long way in helping a writer come up with ideas on a topic very easily.

6. Incubation
To incubate is to give ideas time to grow and develop. As part of this process, you take the time to reflect and allow your mind to wander, then come back and allow yourself to start writing. It relaxes the mind and helps focus on writing on various topics. Because when you are relaxed you get a solution to the problems that you weren’t able to solve sooner.

BY Shreeprakash Sharma



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