Want to build your writing income? To do that, chances are that you’ll need to write more, and write higher quality material, which sells.
You know more than you think you do — use brainstorming and free writing to develop your ideas.
SELECT the ideas that work – you’ll be amazed at the variety of choice you have
Once your brainstorming and free writing is complete – I usually spend half an hour or so on the process – it’s time to SELECT the best ideas from your brainstorming/ free writing sessions.
You can use brainstorming/ select at the start of a project, and right throughout a project.
If you’re writing a novel, you might brainstorm/ free write to create characters and create settings.
For example, let’s say you’re writing a novel and the novel won’t come to life. If you’re a novelist, you know how this feels. The story is mechanical. The characters are puppets – they don’t act like real people, and you don’t feel that you know them.
So you BRAINSTORM and free write.
Your definition might be: “Susan is a young mother, who’s back at work after giving birth to her son, James. Her husband travels a lot in his business, and she feels that they are growing apart.”
Your brainstorming session turns up several secrets that Susan is keeping from her husband: she had an affair in the first year of their marriage, she is not sure that James is her husband’s son – he may be the son of a man she had the affair with. Plus, she feels that she may be in love with this other man. Plus, she has a compulsion to contact the other man. Then she meets the other man.
Can you see that this process makes your book much easier to write?
If you’re a copywriter, and you’re writing a sales letter, you might brainstorm the benefits that the product gives the purchaser. If you’re writing an article, you may brainstorm to select the best title, or the best close for the article.
You’ll find that brainstorming and free writing is a lot of fun, and because it gives you so much material to work with, you’ll never be stuck, and you certainly won’t procrastinate.
Try these fun writing prompts
- Heroes. You’re a character in a novel; the hero, or heroine. Describe yourself — physically, and emotionally. What’s your greatest challenge? How will you overcome it?Write 200 words.
- Movie message. Think about your favorite movie. Who’s your favorite character? Why? Describe this character. What is this character showing you? Write 150 words.
- Mood muse. Choose a CD, or something from your music collection, or listen to a music streaming service. Play. Listen. Allow yourself to become absorbed by the music. Now, write for ten minutes, stream of consciousness style. Write anything at all.
- Brain twister. Write, using these four words somewhere in the piece of writing: space, coffee, rates, birth. You can write anything you choose. Just start writing. Set a timer for ten minutes. Stop writing when the timer sounds.
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