Brainstorming shouldn’t feel like a lightening bolt to the brain, frying all circuits and leaving you with nothing. There are so many different ways successfully brainstorm so Let’s just talk about a few.
So you’ve got an idea, right? You’re stoked and ready to start writing about this awesome world, or character, or storyline. Only problem is, that’s all you’ve got: a single idea.
So what now?
My advice is to start brainstorming! Which, let’s be honest, when we are trying to come up with these ideas, it really can feel like a storm is brewing in our minds. One way to brainstorm is to ask yourself questions.
If you’ve thought about an awesome world, but lack a story, ask yourself questions like this:
- What kind of humans/creatures inhabit this world?
- Where has something gone wrong?
- Who or what caused something to go wrong?
- How can it be fixed? Can it be fixed at all?
- What are key characteristics of this world that will impact your characters?
If you’ve thought about an awesome character, but lack a story, ask yourself questions like this:
- What does your character want out of life? (We all have ambitions right)
- Who is your character? (I don’t mean name or description, but who are they as a person? Introverted, extroverted, arrogant, brave, intelligent, cunning, snarky, ruthless? What is their main character trait and why? How do they portray it?
- What gets in the way of your character accomplishing their goal?
- (Consider Bilbo Baggins, all he wants is to remain at home and be happy. He’s an introverted character who avoids others and he keeps getting prevented from accomplishing his goal by a wizard and dwarves)
If you’ve got a scene in mind and that’s it, WRITE IT OUT. Then ask
- How did my characters get here?
- Where do they go from here?
- Why are they here at all?
Of course this post is not exhaustive but hopefully it is a helpful suggestion with some ways to brainstorm while writing.
Happy Writing Everybody!
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