Friday, August 3, 2012


At our Summer Writers Workshop this past weekend, the iWriteNetwork Directors had a brainstorming panel where we each demonstrated our style of brainstorming.
So here's a quick recap for all you.
Cindy talked about how she likes to go on walks in the morning and she finds that she can work through rough spots and get into the characters head if she takes along a voice recorder and talks it through. Sometimes she just does plot work or scenes an other times she talks to the recorder as though she is a certain character.
Tristi likes to think in the shower but that doesn't work well to demonstrate in public so she had us all pick a character in a WIP and work though how they think and feel. Then how we would think/feel if we were in their shoes.
Donna likes to use the chat room on the NING. Asking others to help her think up lots and lots of ideas that may fit into the WIP. Like: What would two sisters close in age fight about? then everyone that's in the chat room can respond and she takes notes. These are a lot of fun!
Canda shared a sheet that she made up that she calls a beat sheet. It has a bunch of boxes all labeled with different words like: see, sounds, questions, actions, weather etc.. and you fill in the box with the appropriate things then work them into a scene that need to be clearer, longer or just more detail for a better mental image for the reader. This beat sheet is available on the NING for download.
I (Deanna) use music and photos for inspiration when I write in fact, I can't write at all with out music. I make a folder with pictures of places my character can go, or what they might look like and I build play lists for each book to listen to while I write. I played some songs and had people think about how the music makes them feel or could make their character feel and think about how the images could fit into their WIP too.
So what things do you use to brainstorm?

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Donna K. Weaver said...

I really enjoyed this session. You guys use such great ideas, and you know me. Variety is the spice of life!

Britney Gulbrandsen said...

Great ideas! I LOVE the inspiration that comes from photos and music! And, sometimes, dances off the show So You Think You Can Dance. I wrote a poem based off one!

Cathy said...

Those are great ideas. I find inspiration in the world around me. From hearing people talk and seeing how they interact. Doing research into history and looking at images of people, places and things.

kbrebes said...

Fabulous!! I just LOVE Kathi!! I was so lucky to have her as my mentor at this years LDS Storymaker's boot camp. Actually, I'd been praying about my characters lately--because I couldn't get a grasp on who they really were--and this interview REALLY helped me understand what was missing and how to get in depth with them. I'm thrilled!! Thanks, Canda!! And thanks, Kathi!!