How to Turn Your Brain Dump into an Epic Article

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You have a lot of fancy ideas but you’re not sure if you can express them well in writing and not sure if your articles will be as captivating as your thoughts.

You Are More Than You Thought

I appreciate your ideas; I want to hear them!

Your ideas are yours; they’re original and unique. They’re refreshing and beautiful!

You might say that your random thoughts are unorganized and cluttered. It’s a headache to think about reorganizing them, let alone writing a sterling article others would be in awe of.

However, are you aware that you have won at the starting point with your very own ideas? Professional writers have to constantly research their next topic, but you have your original thinking.

Your writing will have a soul and all you need to learn is how to lay out your thoughts. At the end of the day, it is your original thinking rather than a sugar-coated article with a hollow voice that keeps readers surprised and keeps them coming back.

You might regard your random thoughts as “a brain dump”, but I would like to share with you a practical way to transform your “brain dump” into an epic article in no time.

Simple Routines Are Anything But Simple

The other day, when I was trying to help a colleague with his article, I sent him a list of these functional steps that I have been unconsciously using for a long time to compose my articles.

This simple routine incident inspired me to write this post. I was thinking about showing my way of thinking, and this may shed light and help you.

See Your Train of Thought at a Glance

After I wrote the paragraphs above, I highlighted my main ideas; when looking back at the highlighted phrases, I clearly see my train of thought.

  1. I presented the problem – the mental obstacles
  2. I pinpointed the strength to make the solution possible – your original ideas
  3. I pinpointed the weakness and offered a solution – how to lay out your thoughts

When you see your train of thought in a straightforward way, you may:

  • Rearrange main points
  • Make sure that the points are focused
  • Get rid of unwanted parts
  • Write descriptive subheadings based on highlighted subpoints
  • Write an arresting headline that reflects the essence of your points
  • Review your article and add concrete personal examples to make the writing true to life

Apply the Concept Here and Now

This post is a good example to demonstrate how I automatically implement this strategy. After doodles, I understood the reasons behind my urge to write this article and realized my motivation to help others improve their writing – I recognize and value every individual’s original ideas and wish to help them express their priceless thoughts. This becomes the focal point of this article.

From there, I come up with:

  • You are more than you thought
  • Simple routines are anything but simple
  • How highlighting key phrases can help you see your train of thought immediately

Then I elaborated:

  • How to grab attention by presenting the problem first;
  • How to reinforce the strength in order to lead to the solution afterwards;
  • Suggest the solution naturally.

However, if I were to write the article from thinking about the grammar rather than letting out all my “brain dump”, it would have been a list of steps I gave my colleague without any descriptive headings, needless to mention the elaboration and the realization of my appreciation of originality.

The key point to write an effective article is to start from writing down all your “brain dump” and then be willing to throw away all portions irrelevant to your central ideas. The more brain dump you jot down, the more substantial items you keep. Therefore, when it’s time to exclude anything else, you would be much less hesitant and your writing will turn out to be 10 times more brilliant.

During the process of writing this article, it even prompted me to offer tangible help to you. If you have ideas, please contact me with your “brain dump” and I will be more than happy to help you make it a masterpiece.

  1. Podcast on Original Content Min Min 56:46

8 thoughts on “How to Turn Your Brain Dump into an Epic Article”

  1. My mind is such a mess at times, I’ve had ideas that I felt like I wanted to write down as a book or a blog post but I get quite overwhelmed when I try to do it!

    Thank you for outlining your thought process and routine, I found it really helpful! I really like how you structure your content and how you outline what’s important. Going through your motivation to write the article and what you want to achieve with it as well really drilled in the point. It’s so important when writing to know what you want to get across.

    I am looking into starting a blog soon and I think this is the best article I’ve come across on how to structure my content and really get my point across in an article format. Thank you for the great read!

    1. Hi blackcanary,

      Thank you for your kind words. I developed this process precisely because My mind is a mess when I am writing and I needed a process, a writing system that would transform my mental chaos into an orderly piece of writing that others can understand and benefit from.

  2. Thank you. I think this will really help me with my articles. Your information is very encouraging and I appreciate that you believe in originality. I hope to read many more of your articles.

    1. Hi oraclemay,

      I find it encouraging that you have found the article helpful. The term “original writing” has been much-abused online. To me it means much more than a unique arrangement of words. Rather original should refer to “original thinking”, which is my key principle behind building this site.

  3. I now use this method to write articles. I mix it up with ideas from Psychotactics.com, but love Min Min’s approach.

    This method really does make it much easier to take everything that is spinning around in my mind that is remotely relevant to the story I want to tell. It is useful to eliminate the irrelevant and to structure the remaining elements into a unified whole.

  4. I relate to what you are saying here. I find the heartfelt and original ideas come out in what you call, “the brain dump” . If you do not dump them, you can lose them, so that is why I do not try to arrange them first. When they are out, then I go and order them and determine if they will fit in the piece.

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