Saturday, December 1, 2012

Some Overdue Fun

Brainstorming. Do you love it or hate it? Is it easy or hard? Is it better to make a list of ideas, bounce suggestions back and forth with a crit partner, or do ideas generally hit you while doing some mundane daily activity?

For a little “lol”: defines the term:
Brainstorming: a conference technique of solving specific problems, amassing information, stimulating creative thinking, developing new ideas, etc., by unrestrained and spontaneous participation in discussion.

Brainstorm: a. a sudden impulse, idea, etc.
b. a fit of mental confusion or excitement.

Or you could look at it this way:

This reminds me so much of that old party game where one person starts a story, then the next person adds a bit, and so on around the circle. As long as no one purposely sabotages the story line, it's great fun.

I like to make a list of ideas for one problem, sometimes an opposites list, too. I'm usually alone, so that works for me. But when I can get with fellow writers, either in person or in chat, brainstorming off each other is a blast.

Do you have any interesting brainstorming rituals or tactics? Please share!


  1. Ideas tend to come as I'm driving to work. When I'm stuck, I make a list or bounce ideas off of my critique partners. I like the crazy ideas we come up with during the Spec Fic chats. They're always fun.

  2. I do most of my brainstorming while getting ready for work in the morning or before I fall asleep. Walks are another favorite brainstorm place, even cleaning house will do in a pinch. Then I tuck my ideas close to my chest and don't tell anyone until I have a chapter to show for it.

  3. I kind of actively brainstorm whenever I can. It's sad, really. Whenever I'm not talking, doing thought-requiring work, or worrying/else about something else, I worry/brainstorm about my book.

  4. Love these! I think that's one of the neatest things about being a writer. Your brain is always pre-writing and sorting things out.

  5. I work on something else while I am brainstorming and then jot down ideas as they come to me.

  6. Sadly, they just hit me out of nowhere. I don't actively brainstorm. Jot them down and go on LOL For example, we live near the BLM corrals. I also had a cousin (yes, I have enough cousins to make Little Rock look like a tiny town) who lives in HI and is an astrophysicist. For some odd reason, after talking to him, the BLM corrals came to mind and now I have a SF story waiting to be written when I am better at world building.

  7. Lightning strikes! Love it when that happens.