Are you a brainstormer?
When I am working on an idea for my writing (or in life actually), I find the most valuable ideas come after a brainstorming session. With my writing, I love texting with my sister to figure things out. Why in text? Well, text requires brevity, and that you are concise. It forces me to boil down the thoughts in a way that talking sometimes doesn’t. (And we don’t usually have time to stay on the phone so texting works for that too.)
After hours and a long text thread of thinking later, I might not have solved the question I was working on, but thinking things through and having a few LOLs in the process makes a difference and helps keep me going. I also have a girlfriend who listens to me ranting on the phone (usually while I am driving) and then thinks through some ideas with me. My poor husband must start cringing when I pop out of my office, arms in the air, “honey, I what do you think about this…”
Most of the brainstorm ideas end up on the cutting room floor, but whenever I struggle with a plot point, or a motivational issue for my characters, or even reworking some things from scratch… I am able to produce much better work if I am able to bounce the ideas around with someone else. Sometimes I come away with the tiniest kernel of a solution that springs the story forward beautifully.
If you’re stuck with a problem in your story, do you give someone else’s brain a test drive?
My D Read: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino (really different, mystery, thriller)
My D Listen: Dawes