Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Forecast-- lots and lots of Brainstorms.

Brainstorming is one of my favorite parts in writing. Getting the idea and forming the little bugger the way you want can be trying on the patience, but coming up with ways to make your MC suffer--love it. Since I started my new WIP, my brain has had a massive thunderstorm that's constantly spitting out lightning. Yes, I've gotten stuck and will still get stuck in parts, you know when the sun comes out and the storm clears. I've learned to let it sit for a few days because another cold front will come through, stirring up more ideas on how to continue.

Another method I use-- bouncing ideas off of my CP. This is when the storm becomes a super cell. Hopefully, Barnes and Noble has flood insurance. When our brains merge, the flood of ideas will be raining all over. I know this is a silly way of thinking about this, but likeI said, it's my favorite part, because your story can go anywhere, your characters can do anything, nothing is concrete. So fun.

How do you brainstorm?

Have you had any brainstorms lately?

Since I've been brainstorming, my commenting will be slow. Sorry. I can't stop a storm. Have a great day!

16 comments:

  1. Once I had the basic idea for my book's sequel, ideas really hit me. I think I threw just about every one of them at my main character, too.

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  2. Rule of 6 and 20 works for me if I am stuck. Or I will go do something mundane to get the juices flowing. CPs are my go-to people if I need another POV about the issues I'm trying to fix.

    Have fun in the storms!

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  3. I love brainstorming too! It's fun and there are so many possibilities. We're not locked into our story yet! I usually take a couple months with plotting and prewriting. It sure is fun!

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  4. When I brainstorm I look as though I've gone catatonic. I am completely unaware of my surroundings because I have gone so far into my mind that I don't hear people talking to me or anything. It's a bit scary. I love bouncing ideas off of my CP or some other person close to my work but when the storm hits...it looks quiet, but oh no, in my head it's a hurricane of awesome, (and/or chaos). Have fun with your shiny new idea!

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  5. It's funny, I never really sit down and brainstorm. Ideas come to me al the time. And generally I remember them, so I don't even write them down.

    After I have the initial plot the ideas flood come to me as I'm writing. I guess I am very lucky that way. There is always some new event in my life that will trigger a story or scene.

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  6. That is one amazing lightning picture!

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  7. I love brainstorming too, and usually do it while running. Hey, it works for me. Often, though, ideas just come to me and I jot them down. That's how I deal with new projects. Ideas usually come to me while I'm working on another book, so I write all the ideas down for when I'm ready to do the preplanning for the new novel. :D

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  8. I have to do yardwork. Can't now, because I'm waiting on the monsoons. (Thanks for the storms Christine. Kidding.)

    Truly, I get most of my brilliant ideas when I'm outside digging in the dirt or raking leaves.

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  9. You're too funny.

    I've only written the one novel, and the whole concept just sort of came to me, so I never really had to brainstorm. I suppose research counts, though!

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  10. My brainstorms tend to be more like flashfloods inspired by blogs-- a rapid deluge I have to soak up quickly then I play around in the puddles for a bit until the next one hits. Thanks for inspiring the fun metaphor!
    - Sophia.

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  11. There's always some kind of storm going on in my brain, the lightning just strikes harder at certain times.

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  12. My brainstorming....always hits me by surprise. My subconscious likes to get everything done before it tells me everything. SO ideas generally come at me like freaking Mt. St. Helens style eruptions! It can get kind of overwhelming...but I love sorting through the ash and lava and making something awesome!

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  13. I've gone to sleep thinking about my story every night since I was a kid. As a matter of fact, I can't fall asleep if I'm thinking about something else instead! So almost all of my brainstorming and plotting actually happens right before I fall asleep (I keep a notebook on the bedstand), and then daytime belongs to typing, and I can hardly think up new ideas at all.

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  14. I brainstorm while I nap. Not sleep. I don't dream about things, but in that lovely little space in between. When you just lay down, close your eyes and let your mind drift. That's when I'm most likely to get out of my own way.

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  15. I love brainstorming! It's the best. Once I have the concept, the ideas start flying.

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  16. A good rest helps as this tells me something is coming!

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