The Writer's Brainstorming Kit:
Give your creativity something different and inspiring to play with. Use the 50 cards and concepts in this book to:
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The Writer's Brainstorming Kit seemed like a truly dumb
idea, until I started using it. Now I wouldnt be without it. I
cant recommend it highly enough. Every writer Ive shared it with wants
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I asked Michael Waite to work with me on this since his writing style is so different from mine. It lends the examples some variety, plus he's a great graphic artist--he designed the wonderful cover and all the cards. Aren't they great?
Introduction:A recurring refrain in the writing business is that editors want fresh materialsomething different they haven't seen before. We'd all like to oblige them, but sometimes it's difficult to come up with a fully-fleshed, original concept when the only person available to brainstorm with is yourself.
Since we're all limited to one brain, we unfortunately fall into habits of characterization and plotting. Left to ourselves, we develop ruts of linear thinking and tend to respond in the same way to the same conditions (e.g., to the same basic plot lines). To break out of these ruts, we need outside input to trigger our thinking in new directions, to give our creativity something different and inspiring to play with.
Finding another person or three to share ideas with is one solution, but there are a couple of problems inherent in that. First, others aren't always available when inspiration or the creative urge strikes...and people have a tendency to be a bit peeved if you wake them at odd hours to listen to your latest brainchild.
Second, others have a tendency to become enamored with their own ideaswhether you find them useful or notand veer off on unusable tangents. If they're writers, it might become even more difficult as they take fire from their own ideas and spin out complicated scenarios that ignore your needs.
The ideal situation is to find a better way of brainstorming with yourself. That's what The Writer's Brainstorming Kit is all abouta way of using random concepts to trigger new associations in your mind, to break out of your conventional linear mode of thinking and take flight in new, unexpected directions.
So, no matter whether you need help with getting started, creating a story from scratch, breaking through a block, adding depth to a character, or finding a new plot twist, shuffle the cards and let them help you create something fresh and different.
Heres what it contains:
Table of Contents
UNDERSTANDING THE CARDS
USING THE CARDS
PLOT: The Ordinary World, The Trigger Event, The Change of Plans, The Black Moment, and The Resolution
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