The system of 5W 1H (Who, What, Where, Why, When & How) offers excellent avenues for writing, planning, problem solving, ideation, creativity, innovation and more. The 50 Thinking prompts Mind Map offers an expansion to the 5W 1H range. These starter words can help invite questions, or lines of thinking.
A handy way to use the single word prompts is to stick with a word and generate many questions and avenues from that one starting point. Another option is to combine the standard 5W 1H and 50 thinking prompts, by selecting a word and prefixing it with each of the 5W 1H words in turn.
No need to stop there – you could create your own original thinking prompts mind map and expand the method further.
Here is a list format of the 50 Thinking prompts:
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