Brainstorming; How Do You Do it?

I'm sitting here trying to revise (which is nearly impossible since my three-year-old um...became three years-old) and so naturally that means I am procrastinating on the internet. I came across a post by paranormal author Kait Nolan today about writing things down with a pen, instead of on the computer.

I'm sure most of you have already figured out that your brain works differently when you write freehand as opposed to staring at your computer screen. I'm a panster, meaning 90% of my writing is done organically without outlining or planning. After I've got a decent draft, or most of one, I work things out in a notebook. I'll write down what I have, what I want, and possible routes to get there.

One of my writing colleagues at Tangled Fiction asked me what I do to brainstorm (some people like to lay on the floor and listen to music) and I really couldn't think of anything. Aside from working things out in a notebook, I don't think I really have any brainstorming tactics. Sure, ideas pop in my head when they're least expected and I'm forced to scribble on my arm, or leave myself voicemail. But I don't have a routine for it. Riding on the back of my husband's motorcycle helps to open my mind (it's ridiculously relaxing) but because I'm a mom that's not an easy option. Stuffing your kids in a saddlebag is frowned upon.

So what do you all do to get the creative juices flowing?


Stina Lindenblatt said...

I go running. Srly. It's amazing what happens when I start daydreaming. The only problem is I have to remember the ideas until I get home. I've considered running with a pen and writing the notes on my body as they come.

Okay, a little tricky when I get all sweaty. ;)

Natalie C Parker said...

I'm also a runner. And a doodler. I pull out my big drawing pad and just start filling it up with ideas and lines and circles. It's almost never what actually ends up happening, but it helps me get there.

L.J. Boldyrev said...

I want to be a runner. I've added it to my *things to do when she goes to school* list.

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