Whether you’re writing a novel, poem, short story or non-fiction title, your body of work has to begin with one, simple idea. One thought — be it a question, a fact, a character, or a word — is all it takes to launch a series of ideas that you plant, nurture and grow until your idea has blossomed into a full blown story. We all have different ways of finding these ideas (or sometimes they find us) and different ways of expanding on our ideas once we have them.
So our question this week is: How do you brainstorm?
We want to know how you go about brainstorming your work from the very beginning, including:
- How do you clear your head before brainstorming?
- Do you write down an idea as soon as you think of it, or let it simmer in your head for a while?
- Where do you find inspiration the most?
- Is there a specific brainstorming technique you use to get the creative juices flowing?
- Do you ever struggle to come up with ideas or do they come to you constantly?
To join the discussion, please leave a comment below addressing any (or all) of the above questions. Also, mention the discussion to your indie author friends — we’d love to get varied input!