Mind map, concept map, free write and a word list all use writing to bring out ideas in creative problem-solving.
The sketchbooks and notebooks of some geniuses such as Da Vinci, Picasso, Einstein, and Darwin show diagrammatic sketching that is similar to mapping methods used today.
Mind map gives visual form to ideas.
Concept maps are similar to mind maps.
Concept Mapping allows for a more thorough investigation and analysis of conceptual relationships and meanings.
Freewriting is a great way to get your ideas on paper. It can be used in the preliminary stage or throughout the whole project.
There are two versions of freewriting, focus and unfocused.
Unfocused allows for you to put words on the paper about a general thought or feeling on a topic.
Brainwriting is the written equivalent to brainstorming.
Brainwirting is more of a collaborative problem solving method.
Word lists can be used to group certain words into categories rather than just writing a bunch of words on one list.
Outlines are structures that help to organize information.
Traditional outlines define content through heading and subheadings.
Critiques allow for outsiders to voice their opinions on your issue at hand.
Taking time writing reflections throughout the process allows for an in-depth analysis of the project, both on micro and macro level.
Having journal or sketchbook allows for you to layout, organize, and better your ideas. You can go back to old ideas and add to them. Use them making keen observations and allows you to draw and/or add photos to visually see the problems and ideas.