Monday, October 25, 2010

A Storm of Brains

That sounded a bit zombie-ish, didn't it?

I'm talking about BRAINSTORMING!!

Thank y'all for your opinions about modern retellings, and for the encouragement.  I think that right now, since I have too many things on my plate, and too many WIPs already going, this idea will be in brainstorming mode for a while.  We'll see what I'm able to come up with.  Gotta make sure it's fresh!
So, speaking of this storm of the brain... what's your process?  You get an idea... what's the first thing you do?  Do you reach for a notebook and pen (I seem to do this most often), or open a blank document and start typing your ideas (which I've also done)?  Do you draw a big grid and storyboard it (which I'd LOVE to be organized enough to do without needing a super eraser)?  Do you roll up your sleeves and dive into character sketches?

When you get to the writing writing part, do you mostly write from start to finish, or just write what comes to you when it comes to you?  Often I'll start at the beginning, then something later in the story will come to mind and I'll hop around to make sure it gets written while I'm thinking about it.  Then something for a completely different story comes to mind, so I have to write that down somewhere.  It's a wonder I get anything done at all.

Oh wait.

I don't. ;)


  1. Yay for brainstorming! I'm a notebook scribbler in the beginning for sure! But once I start, for some reason, I have to go beginning to end...I'm a total nerd that way! Writing scenes out of order makes me feel crazy.

  2. i have to like think about a story for weeks to months before i know the characters and what motivates them enough to start writing. i'm terrible about writing down everything- i'm trying to start doing that. it's hard when you get so many different story ideas and you aren't organized (i'm a mess) and then the ideas start to bleed together. but when it comes to writing it down- i'm terrible about planning ahead. i come up with the characters and setting and a general plot- but i get totally derailed while writing... not so good at shepherding those characters into the "right" direction! :)
    better to have too many ideas than be plumb out though! right?

  3. It sounds like alot of us creative types have various and random methods of getting into the story. I myself have used all of your techniques, and then some!

  4. Kristi - definitely not a nerd! (at least not because of that! ;) Kudos to you! I can't confine myself to sticking to beginning to end... I'm afraid I'll lose parts of the middle or end that come to mind if I don't write them down when I think of them, and often I can write a chapter ahead of that or after that once I get it down.

    X - Wow! If I thought of a story for a few months without at least writing down the gist of it, I'd totally forget it. But you're right, at least ideas are coming to you! Gotta start somewhere!

    Cinette - Yes I'm sure no two people do things exactly the same way... that's why we're creative! :)

  5. When I get an idea, I just let it percolate for a while. Sometimes, this is a few minutes, and sometimes, a few weeks. Jotting my ideas down (once it's formed some sort of sense) on notebooks is the best way for me, definitely. And I tend to write from beginning to the end, because it's really difficult for me to fully envision a scene without everything that happened before it. :)

  6. I love brainstorming. Probably a little too much for my own good. I spend all of my time brainstorming and never writing. There's something wrong there, right?