One of my favorite things about meeting other writers is learning their process. How much do they plan before they sit down and start pounding on the keys? Where do they do their best writing? What time does inspiration hit?
So I thought it might be fun to talk about one of my favorite parts of the writing process: brainstorming.
There's something thrilling about coming up with new ideas. When I was a little girl, I used to love coloring books because I felt like I was bringing the page to life when I filled it all in with my crayons. And as an adult, I get the same rush when I plan a story. I love to see the possibilities as it comes to life. I love to see the shape and color that a story takes.
And as a fickle person, brainstorming is perfectly noncommittal. I can plot out a whole story, but I don't have to spend months writing and perfecting it unless it's truly the right one. Or... if I do fall in love with it, but don't have the time to write it right now, I always know that the idea isn't lost. I have it written down for some day in the future when the well runs dry.
It's hard to believe that the well will ever run dry. One of the best parts of brainstorming is finding inspiration in the every day. I love magazines like Discover and news programs on NPR for sparking those ideas that get me scribbling down ideas and filling up notebooks.
What's your favorite part of the writing process?