Reviving A Dead Zone – 5 Brainstorming Tips To Start Your Week

Mondays are a crazy blend of recovering from the weekend and pulling your brain out from under all the cobwebs of your ‘To Do’ list.

5 Brainstorming Tips To Start Your Week:

1. Don’t write anything until you brainstorm for at least ten minutes. Brainstorming is like firing up the engines of the mind to the elements of story. Pick anything you want to brainstorm about, preferably the scene you are writing that day.

2. Start by coming up with 5 ludicrous ideas. This may sound funny, but if you aren’t awake, sometimes you judge your comments and they don’t get the free flow that they could. Make these ideas as far out there as possible. Just for fun to get your mind going.

3. Come up with 5 boring ideas. This is your chance to be as predictable as possible. Get it out of your system. Be sure to write them down though, because we can use these boring ideas to create something spectacular.

4. Look at the list of ludicrous ideas and change components to make them believable, but unexpected. Take those ludicrous ideas and put them to use by changing the unbelievable components.

Ludicrous idea: A zebra ran across the field and stole the umpire’s hat, trampling around as he chased.

Change: Zebra is unbelievable in Minnesota in the fall. So, we could change the thief to the mascot or wind. Then you could build it into the scene.

5. Look at the list of boring ideas and twist them to go the opposite direction. This will create the unexpected in your book.

Boring Idea:  The umpire blew the whistle.

Twist: The umpire reach for his whistle, but it was gone. The play on the field continued while he combed his hands through the grass looking for his whistle.

Monday Challenge:

Take the following boring sentence and turn it into something interesting in a few sentences:

Daphne walked to the store.




About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

6 thoughts on “Reviving A Dead Zone – 5 Brainstorming Tips To Start Your Week

  1. Daphne stepped over the dead body doorway of the store, her gun drawn and ready to fire.
    Sorry, Michelle, couldn’t resist after a week of some type of funky flu-like virus.

  2. that should’ve been in the doorway. Evidently I’m not over the virus yet. lol

  3. Daphne stalked her sister, keeping a safe distance behind her, ducking in and out of merchant doorways to stay unnoticed.

    Hi Michelle – Loved this advice and exercise. It was a great switch from potty training dilemmas today. Ha!
    Pat–sorry you were sick. Hope you’re feeling better.

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