Hello. This is Heather Kamins for About.com, and today I'm here to tell you how to brainstorm for a paper.Brainstorming is a great way to come up with ideas for any sort of a project, especially when writing a paper. It's really the first part of your organizational strategy, so don't worry yet about picking specific ideas or ruling anything out. You'll organize your ideas later. Right now, the goal is to just get them down on paper.At this state, you want to focus on quantity, not quality. Just get as many ideas as you can. Even something that seems silly now might spark a really great idea, or you may be able to combine ideas into something that really works.So, the simplest way to brainstorm is simply to make a list. Open up a new file on your computer or get out a sheet of paper and just start writing ideas down. Aim as many as you can, and you can even set a timer and try to get as many ideas as you can within five minutes, ten minutes, or however long you want to do this.You can also work together as a group to generate ideas. Maybe assign one person to write everything down and everyone goes around and takes turns, everyone goes and supplies one idea and moves on to the next person. You can also do it in a more free-form way, where people just shout out ideas as they come to them. Again, you can use a timer and try to come up with as many ideas as you can in that time, if you want to do that.After you've finished brainstorming, you can start going through your list and picking out the ideas you like and figuring out what to do with them. You can also do a second or even third round of brainstorming based on those initial ideas, if you want to flesh them out even further.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.