Now that you’re planning your brainstorming party (see yesterday’s post), it’s time to expand the metaphor.
Consider planting idea seeds before dousing then with brainstorm rain.
This Fast Company article suggests you’re likely to wash away unrooted ideas in a flood of enthusiasm after you hear the first few in a traditional session.
In short, if you want to maximize the variety of ideas at your brainstorming party — after you play the word games — have everyone write down some ideas quietly before you share and develop them.
Brainstorming Doesn’t Work; Try This Technique Instead | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
Brainstorming is something you can do alone, but it’s not nearly as much fun. Next time you get stuck, invite your writer’s group or some writer friends to a brainstorming party.
Go a little crazy. Play some silly word games. Find lightning swizzle sticks for your punch.
Then try these tips. Bet you all go home with an idea you can use.
5 Tricks To Brainstorm Like It’s Your Job | Entrepreneur.com
If you like to think in images — rather than outlines — or if you’re working on a play or a film, storyboarding might be a technique worth investigating.
There’s a basic explanation from the Berkeley journalism program.
If you like it, here’s a site where you can try making your own. (Of course, there’s also pencil and paper, if you’re more tactile in your planning.)
Of course, you use social media. You’re reading this blog post and probably have one of your own. You’re on Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr and a few more. But has your approach been scattershot or systematic? Look at these suggestions and rethink — or develop — your plan.
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Skop past the promo at the top of this post (you can go back later if you want) to get to this advice for nonfiction writers.
5 Research Steps Before Writing Your Book Proposal
A friend who used to work in radio and I were comparing notes this week about how writing varies for different media. We agreed that it generally needs to be tighter for radio than print, but that it should be “good” for both. We also agreed research is important, in addition to word choice and grammar.
We talked a little, too, about how people in various media work. Here’s more on that topic from one of radio’s best.
I’m Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work
Despite the headline writer’s enthusiasm, I don’t find these photos all that eerie.
Fascinating? Yes, in a picture-prompt sort of way.
Pick one and write 1,000 words — or a novel, or a poem, or a history of window displays.
Eerie and Fascinating Photos of a Completely Empty New York City Taken in 1964
No matter what you write, research is important. But beyond knowing background about the people, places and things of your story, it’s good to be able to know what has already been written about your subject.
Just how many histories of crocheting already exist? What else has been written about sparkling vampires or robotic lawmen?
One place that can help with that research is the American Library Association’s Booklist magazine and website.
Meanwhile, back at the keyboard, these writers claim they’ve been inspired — even trained — in their craft by role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons.
Then there are the rare few who have made their careers in role playing games. Take Matt Forbeck, for one, who has D&D among his credits.
Really, though, who can argue that a childhood spent imagining and pretending isn’t a childhood fit for a writer?
A Game as Literary Tutorial – NYTimes.com
Which of your likeable character’s needs a “signature” behavior? Which of your “nasties” needs to seem so nice? Here are a few traits to think about using.
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