One Writer’s Journey

November 18, 2013

Brainstorming Story Ideas

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:58 am

BrainstormingWhether or not you are participating in Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo), brainstorming story ideas is an important skill for any writer.  Brainstorming helps you develop characters, embroider settings and come up with those little sparks that get a story rolling.

In PiBoIdMo, the goal is spend November coming up with 30 story ideas.  So far, I have 33.  Yep.  33.  I don’t come up with an idea every day, but when I do come up with one idea, I usually come up with 2 or 3 and some days I do much better than that.  So far today, I’ve come up with 7.  The thing about brainstorming is that it really does tend to be a storm.  First you get a pitter patter of one idea here and another there.  Soon, they are coming fast and furious and you have to hurry to write them down.  At least, that’s how it works when you get out of the way and let the ideas come.

If you find brainstorming difficult, you are probably getting in your own way.  You really can’t brainstorm if you are thinking about how much you need to accomplish or how important this brainstorming session is. You won’t get into that rapid rush of ideas if you are trying to examine them as they come.  “Is this one marketable?  Has it been done before?  Can I make it work?”  Nope.  These are not appropriate brainstorming thoughts.

To successfully brainstorm, you need to shut down that editorial, business voice.  This is just you the writer, the artist, catching ideas.

No evaluation.

No ranking.

No editing.

Just let the ideas fill the page.  You’re brainstorming.  Get out of the way and let it happen.



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