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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 you wrote down, or you can do this for every association 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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