Brainstorming ideas for your next fiction story is simple if you follow a few simple directions. Getting your imagination swirling with ideas is the key and with my brainstorming process, you will be able to create brand new ideas for great fiction stories. This will give you new direction in your writing career, which is especially great if you reach any kind of a null with fiction ideas.
Is this you? You sit down at your desk, pen in hand, and try to start writing a new book. You sit there for hours and nothing seems to come to your mind. You crumple paper after paper, throwing it out until you give up, frustrated that new ideas haven't come to you.
There is a solution for your idea despondency. It involves brainstorming ideas using a simple method I developed to create new ideas for fiction writing. It's helped me many times in the past, especially when I experience writers block.
Many writers have plenty of ideas to keep them occupied for years, but if you ever run out of ideas, and it does happen, or you are simply looking for new ideas to write about, my fiction brainstorming ideas can do just that for you.
Brainstorming is a concentration and control process allowing you to reach deeply into your subconscious mind (the vast place where most of your great ideas are currently floating around undiscovered) and develop ideas that don't normally surface during regular thought.
When you can tap into this unlimited raw information, you can come up with some of the best, most interesting stories no one else can think of. The brainstorming ideas process is used to relax your mind and set your imagination in motion to get you thinking about new story ideas without limitations (that come from everyday life).
Whenever you reach a stopping point with your current writing project, stuck and waiting for a book to be proofread or published, the worst thing you can do is not write! This can result is a spell of writers block. You need to keep your mind fresh and working with ideas. Keep exercising your mind so you don't experience the block, something that makes it extremely difficult to get to writing again. This is done by implementing great brainstorming techniques.
In order to start brainstorming ideas, you need to set up an area in your home or favorite place to write. Clear the area of all distractions (kids, pets, music, computers, spouse, telephone, cellphone, and open windows). There must be nothing standing in your way between you and your subconscious mind.
All you should have on your desk or table is a pen or pencil (yes, I am taking you away from technology for a bit), several blank sheets of notebook paper, a comfortable chair, and yourself. It is very important that you write using a pen or pencil, not on a computer. There is a connection between the subconscious part of your brain and your fingers that can't be explained or transposed using the keyboard of a computer.
To begin, turn the lights off in the room and close your eyes. Totally clear your mind of everything. Take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Do this for three minutes until your body and mind are totally relaxed, then turn the light on.
1. What genre of fiction am I totally passionate about? (murder mystery, erotica, sci fi, romance...)
2. What part of that subject interests me the most?
3. In that sub-subject, what possible scenarios can I write about?
By the way, you should be writing the answers down on the blank sheets of paper. Don't just write one or two words or one answer for each of the questions. Write down as many answers as you can for each of the questions.
Continuing on brainstorming ideas by determining which of all of your previous answers is your favorite ones. Choose one favorite answer for each question. Once chosen, turn the lights back off and close your eyes again. Think only about the favorite answers you wrote down. Remember to take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth while you are deep in though.
Turn the light back on after three minutes and take your favorite scenario from your list of answers and think about a plot that would best fit that scenario.
4. What is my plot?
5. What possible actions can happen to captivate my readers based on that plot?
6. What kind of characters would best fit with this plot?
Okay, take a little break. Leave the room for at least ten minutes to reset your mind. When you come back to your room, turn the lights off and repeat your breathing exercises to relax again. Only think about the main brainstorming ideas you thought up during the previous exercises.
Now, turn the light back on. Take that subject, sub-subject, scenario, plot, action, and potential character ideas and write several keywords or phrase for each of them. Simply write down words and phrases that come to your mind regarding everything about a particular idea. Do this for a minimum of three minutes. The longer the better.
Once you have several keywords and phrases written down, turn the lights back off, relax and only think about those keywords. Let them run through your mind for a few minutes. Turn the lights back on and circle the words and phrases that ran through your mind the most while you were relaxing. These are your idea trigger words.
From the preceding brainstorming ideas, start writing a description for your new story. Use the primary keywords and phrases from your keyword crunch to build the description. The description should be about two to three paragraphs long and give a brief but descriptive overview of what you want your entire story to be about.
Once you have the description written and you basically know what your story will be about, write an introductory paragraph to set the initial scene, mood, and setting for your new story. Once an introductory paragraph is written, you have successfully started a new story using brainstorming techniques.
Now you can proceed by creating a basic outline for your book including all of the things you want to happen in your story in sequential order. This can either be in a basic chapter by chapter synopsis (write one paragraph about what happens in each chapter) or you can write a timeline from start to finish. Build your plot from start to finish, high points and low points.
Now, get to writing your new fiction story while the thoughts are still fresh in your brain!
My brainstorm method is not the only one out there. You can also try brainstorming ideas using a more institutional approach.