Every writer whether our contemporaries or long gone has wrestled for hours when they can’t string seven words together into a concise sentence. We doubt ourselves, our mentors, the process we thought we’d perfected, even the quality of beans that went into our cup of java. It happens to the best of us.
by Robin Lee Hatcher
Whenever I mention brainstorming to other writers, I am always asked how it works. So this post is my attempt to answer the question as best I can.
Years ago in my first BG, I introduced the List of 20 (it did not originate with me; I learned of it from Debbie Macomber). We were a group of four and met for maybe two or three days. What we did was each writer told the group what we knew so far about the story. It could be a lot or a very little. Then we discussed. There was lots of “Well, what if you do …”. When the discussion and back and forth was over, we would write our Lists of 20. For instance, write 20 things that could happen to the characters as they are making their way down the Amazon River. That first group met from 1995 until 2000.
There are times when our brains are firing on all cylinders. Then, there are periods when our eyes glaze over and no two thoughts want to connect. So how can we squeeze the most out of our minds? Here are a few tips to help you improve creative output: Note your rhythms Try keeping a creativity journal. When […]