Tackling a Prompt
So you've got a prompt, but you're not sure exactly how you want to tackle it. Your best bet is to figure out what you already think about it, and brainstorming is a good way to get started. Brainstorming is a quick, informal way of gathering a range of ideas about your topic. When you brainstorm, you list everything relating to your topic you can think of in as little time as possible. How wild your ideas get is up to you; the goal is simply to get your thoughts flowing.
Brainstorming can be done alone, but it's often more helpful when a group of you get together and throw out ideas onto one whiteboard. It'll help you bounce your ideas off of other people's and will create a more comprehensive list than if you do it by yourself. Think of it as a very directed game of Family Feud.
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