By Valerie Routhieaux
Day 30 – Brainstorming
In a book called Book in a Month, I found another gem.
Brainstorming. I know this is a duh topic. When it comes to writing, you need to brainstorm. Everything in your story earns a gold star for this one.
You brainstorm your topic, characters, scenes, turning points, cliffhangers, setting, conflict, triumphs, tragedies. Nothing is left to chance when it comes to your story.
You brainstorm your characters – how many, who are they, where do they live, what are their occupations.
With that, you get your setting. What is the theme of your story, what roles do your characters play in the story? How will they get from point A to Z?
As you brainstorm your story, you put flesh and bones on your story. You get to know everything about your characters, you research where they live if you don’t already know. You research their backgrounds unless you’re intimately aware of that background.
If you’re reading a book, I guarantee the author brainstormed to get it where you can’t put the book down until you read the last page.
If you’re writing a blog, you brainstormed to determine a topic for the post. When you get near the end of your project, you start brainstorming the resolution of the story. How does it all fit together? What did your characters learn along the way? How did they grow?
There’s a lot to writing a novel, a blog, even a letter to a friend. It all takes thought and brainstorming.
Tomorrow’s Perspective: Marketing