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.
Take the following boring sentence and turn it into something interesting in a few sentences:
Daphne walked to the store.