In talking with my pod, I realized the power of an open-ended, simple questions in brainstorming sessions. When I asked my writer, “Could you talk about that?” I gave her a platform to talk about why she was interested in her topic. This increased her buy-in and interest in her subject. My group brought up that doing something like that not only allows me, as a tutor, to hear her thoughts, but also makes the writer talk about what about the topic she could make her own. Because my tutoring philosophy includes helping writers become intrinsically motivated about their topics, this an effective strategy to use.