A proverb says that all beginnings are difficult. Writing is no exception. Starting a new project, a response paper, a short essay, an oral presentation, a teaching observation, a report, or a final paper can be very difficult. You sit there looking at the empty page (or the blank screen) unable to write the long beautiful sentences that you would like to see. At this point you need to brainstorm and remind yourself that learning is creative.
The following gives you some ideas for how to start writing on a project.
Keep in mind that brainstorming can used productively throughout the writing process if you feel that you are getting stuck on something. Very few writers write a paper from the beginning to the conclusion all at once OR without some kind of plan that will help them get started.