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Brainstorming - How to Find Killer Ideas for Kindle eBooks, Blogs & Website Articles

Steve McDonald, Excel and Photoshop Geek

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3 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction to Brainstorming eBook, Blog Post or Web Articles

      0:57
    • 2. How to Brainstorming Killer Ideas

      6:29
    • 3. Live Brainstorming Session

      7:56

About This Class

Kindle eBook Ideas - Brainstorming - How to Find Great eBook Subjects/Topics to Write About

Brainstorming is a powerful way to come up with great ideas, whether it's eBook ideas, blog post ideas or ideas for articles on a website. It can also help you develop additional subject ideas for new chapters within a book, or related posts and articles.

This course gives you an overview of the brainstorming process as well as some of my personal strategies for getting the most out of any brainstorming session.

I've also attached my brainstorming checklist in the first project. I follow this checklist whenever I start a brainstorming session.

Transcripts

1. Introduction to Brainstorming eBook, Blog Post or Web Articles: so the goal of brainstorming is to get Justus many ideas written down as you possibly can in a short period of time. It's possible once you get good at brainstorming, you'll have more great ideas for killer content than you could possibly use in a lifetime. And once you reach that point, you will focus more of your time on refining and expanding the best ideas that you've come up with so you can create tons of killer content about those topics. So brainstorming doesn't have to be a one time thing. In fact, it shouldn't be. You can use the brainstorming process over and over again. You should always be adding to your list of ideas and even creating new lists. Yes, completely new list that can help you stay organized. Um, you can even brainstorm during a project to find new directions to go with your content. So how do you successfully brainstorm when you see how rough it is? When I do it, you'll see that you don't have to worry about doing it right. You just have to get it done. 2. How to Brainstorming Killer Ideas: the very first thing you should do. One searching for new ideas. It's the start of brainstorming sheet. You can do this on a text in a text document on your computer, in an Excel worksheet or in a spiral notebook. Whatever method you feel most comfortable with, I personally do a combination of three things. First, I have a simple text document in note pad where I type tons of idealists and notes about ideas. Second, I always have a paper spiral notebook for writing outlines and notes, so I can easily look at them while I'm typing on a computer without toggling between screens. Third, I do use a note pad app. It's actually called ink pad note pad on my cell phone, and I take Ah. That way I can take notes when I'm out and about. Or if an idea pops up into my head, maybe when I wake up in the middle of the night have my phone on my bedside. But often the best ideas pop into your head when you're not trying to come up with ideas, so it's good to have that around. So the goal of brainstorming is to get Justus many ideas written down as you possibly can in the short a period of time. It's possible. Once you get good at brainstorming, you'll have more great ideas for killer content than you could possibly use in a lifetime. And once you reach that point, you will focus more of your time on refining and expanding the best ideas that you've come up with so you can create tons of killer content about those topics. So brainstorming doesn't have to be a one time thing. In fact, it shouldn't be. You can use the brainstorming process over and over again. You should always be adding to your list of ideas and even creating new lists. Yes, completely new list that can help you stay organized. Um, you can even brainstorm during a project to find new directions to go with your content. So how do you successfully brainstorm when you see how rough it is? When I do it, you'll see that you don't have to worry about doing it right. You just have to get it done. So here are the rules for doing this, but number one write a list of all the ideas that you can think of you want as many ideas as you can possibly have. So write down everything that comes to mind. Do it as a list, not a paragraph. So it's easier to look at leader. And here's a bonus. The one thing I love about the ink pad note pad up is that you could turn on the microphone and you could just record. Your voice is text, so sometimes I'll just wander around the room. I'll go sit on the couch. I've got a yoga ball, lean on the yoga ball or lay on the floor and stare at the ceiling, and I'll just blather into my mic. That's how you get a lot of ideas out of your head. Then you can pull up the ink pad app on your computer and go at it with your keyboard and edited a little bit. Refine it just kind of make it look like it makes sense. So it's not just a big jumble of words and ideas, so number to write down every idea that comes to your mind, no matter how stupid, weird or obscure it might sound. Just write it down, then forget it and move on to the next one. Number three. Don't stop writing until the brain storming session is over. Just write and write and write. If you want to set a timer for five minutes, you can. That will give you more structure. Or you can just write and write and write until you feel absolutely done again. Don't censor yourself. So if you need more time, keep writing. That's fine. You can weed out all the garbage later. Okay, Number four. This is for outside inspiration, and this one is optional. But now that you vomited everything out onto the paper, it's time to look for other ideas outside of your head so you can go to your favorite source of inspiration. It could be a book of quotes. Could be something like Google Trends or Facebook friend who is talkative or just the view out? Sure, you know, living room window. Whatever it is, though, look for ideas there, and this will pride generate a short list for you, but it will give you a different perspective on your ideas. So write down anything that you come up with from that idea. Number five. Refine your list. Okay, Now is where you're gonna actually take your list, you're gonna browse through it. You're gonna narrow down your list too. Eight or 10 of the best ideas you're gonna look for ideas with potential gonna highlight them, circle them, or even take them and put them into a new list just to make it clean. You can always keep your original brainstorming list for more ideas. Later. Um, once you've refined your list, number six is broad research. So at this point, using your short list, you're going to do a little research. You're gonna search the Web for each idea and look for related topics. I don't be afraid. We're still kind of going loosey goosey here. So you're Don't be afraid to wander off on any tangents you find, because often what you'll find in those tangents is entirely new directions today to take your content and that maybe it's something that you didn't even think about before you might even discover completely unrelated ideas. And then you can add those back to your original brainstorming brainstorming list, and that might create a whole new section of content for you. Number seven specific research. So now we're getting a little bit mawr narrow. So you're gonna narrow down your list to one or two topics that really show promise, and you're going to research the heck out of these. Now, this doesn't have to take a lot of time. Uh, 10 20 minutes Just searched the web for anything that you find interesting and bookmark any interesting websites or articles that you find that will help you later. Number eight. Keep brainstorming by starting a brainstorming session. You've just kick started your brain to start looking for ideas, and your brain is gonna find them. And when it does, they'll pop into your head at the most random times will be ready to write them down, add them to your list or start new lists and go through the process again to generate new content ideas. The ideas can come while you're driving a car while you sleep and while you're talking to a friend at dinner. So when an idea pops up, write it down, make yourself a quick note and you're gonna be able to hold on to some of those awesome ideas that you might otherwise forget. In the next lecture, I'm going to show you a live brainstorming session so you can kind of see how I do it, and then you can kind of customize your style and your session to kind of match that or have your own flair. 3. Live Brainstorming Session: Hi. And welcome back in this lecture, we're gonna do a live brainstorming session. And to be honest, the main reason I'm sharing this with you so you can not be intimidated by this process, and you'll see kind of how rough it is when I do it, and I'm sure you will be able to do even better. So I'm following those rules that I've created in the next text lecture for you. And you can follow along with those to create your own brainstorming session. So the first thing that I'm gonna do is I'm gonna set myself a three minute, approximately three minutes time, so this is gonna be a shorter brainstem storming session. Then maybe you would do. But I'm going to set that three minutes and I'm gonna go ahead and get started Brainstorming and the topic I've picked is car tires, and that's kind of a random a topic. But that's kind of how it goes when you're writing content. So I'm just going to start going. I'm just writing everything that pops into my my head a couple more. Let's see. Okay, so that's just a couple of minutes worth of ideas and select is me. You know, basically, just like I like to call it like the vomiting stage. Now, I'm just gonna step back and kind of look around outside a little bit. Well, actually, better. Yeah, I'm gonna do I'm gonna go online and do some research because looking outside is actually what I was kind of just doing. You just kind of use that for inspiration. I was looking out of the car tires out my window. So let's say then I go out my type in car tires, and you just get it on idea you go bunch brands. So that's something you could look into. Um, Tyler. Tired. Oil change discount tires, performance tires. 14 reasons to ditch your all season tires. So there's some other good ideas. So, um, fuel economy is something that I think about with your tires. Road noise is something that I think about with tires and of course, wheels. I'm not into it, but I feel like everybody is really into wheels. Okay, so that's that's also a shortened version. But that's what you would do. Is just doing some research, um, to get ideas or, you know, like I say Facebook or whatever inspires you written everything down and you could see I wrote some kind of random stuff in there. But that's OK. You can even get a little more while than that if you want. OK, I kept writing. Look for some outside inspiration Number five. OK, now we're going to refine the list, and this is where it gets a little little tricky. But again, I really like the the fuel economy one. So I'm just gonna drop the's down the bottom of the list. MAGS HOT WHEELS Probably not slicks. How much tax cost? That would be something in the interesting to read about. And I live in Idaho. So studs versus Nabi is a pretty interesting thing to talk about because a lot of people have snow tires here causes of your tires. Somebody's just telling me about their tire rubbing on the wheel Well, cause they got the wrong diameter of tire. And let's talk about blowouts. Maybe let's go through noise. Okay, so that's seven ideas, But you can see that, actually, I'm starting to almost develop a little bit of a theme here as faras. I mean, you could actually create an entire website or e book about different sort of issues, that people have different questions they might have. And, you know, it just would be kind of look at how to thing. So that's basically refining the list. Get that little list there. So now from there you would go and do. And I won't do this because I don't want to bore you. And this is pretty simple to explain. But you would take the these words here and go do so I'd go type in slicks into Google type and fuel economy type in how much? Two tires cost type in studs versus Nabi. Or maybe this isn't Nabi. That might not be the word for but non studded snow tyres. You know, just type in all these things and do some more research, and you could spend 10 20 minutes doing that and just get a whole bunch of other ideas. Take and then put all those notes down. And let's say that I discover that there's a really interesting controversy that a lot of people are confused about with studs versus non studded snow tyres and which one works better. So then I would take that And that's where on number seven, I'm going to do specific research and so that I'm going to go and really do some research on that. And then let's say I also find out that this kind of the same thing with the wheels rubbing like you know, a lot of people go to the car dealer and maybe they're car dealers are making mistakes or people are buying their own wheels, putting them on and not realizing that they don't fit and things like that. So maybe that's some controversy. So then I would write where do a bunch of research on that figure out what we could do to help people there? So that's number seven, and then that really gets you to kind of where you're ready to start writing. And then Number eight was just kind of keep brainstorming. So then then I'll have all these ideas in my head about wheels and about tires and issues that people are struggling with, problems that I can solve, and then I'll have my smart phone with me and my ink pad up. And, as I think of ideas, Aiken jot them down or do a little research there. So that's brainstorming in a nutshell. If you do that with every topic that you even imagine writing about, you'll be amazed how many great subject ideas you can come up with. And it doesn't have to be necessarily nonfiction like this. It could be for anything that you want to write.