Brainstorming for Making an Outline: Word Associations

To brainstorm for making an outline, you can use word associations with a chosen topic. Write as many associations as you can.

Example: Benefits of Meditation

Inner balance
Quiet time
Learning how not to react
Less stress
More meaning to life
See through the illusions of life

Then you can take a certain word or phrase and expand it with its own associations. If you want, you can do this for your favored associations that you wrote down, or you can do this for every association that you made before.

Example: Inner Balance

Not going to extremes
No overindulgence
No destructive behavior
Feeling peace

This way, you can have a lot of material for your outline. The next step would be to organize these associations in a favorable sequence so readers can follow your logic.
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