B is for…Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a great way to come up with a lot of ideas fast. As a writer I find I frequently need brainstorming help for plot points, situations. For some reason I can’t come up with the ideas for myself but I’m great at brainstorming for other people. When it’s your own story it’s a little too close to you and you find it harder to think outside the box.


I completely forgot Script Frenzy started yesterday so I’m deep in brainstorming mode for my script. While I have a general idea for the story I need to work out the beats of the script so I can start writing pages. Brainstorming in person is the best way to brainstorm for me. But I might have to visit an online chat room with other writers to help with the story. One of my favourite tools for brainstorming is The Writer’s Brainstorming Kit by Pam McCutcheon and Michael Waite. I love it. It’s very helpful for coming up with ideas. Situations.


If I can’t figure most of this stuff out by the weekend I will be in the WritingGIAM chat room to get help from my fellow GIAMers. They’re awesome at brainstorming. I also have a local writing meeting tomorrow.


How do you brainstorm?


Useful links for brainstorming:


What is brainstorming?


25 Useful Brainstorming Techniques


Brainstorming Techniques from MindTools


Haven’t had a chance to blog hop yet but I’ll do some of that tomorrow after my meeting.


Happy writing!




  • Damyanti
    April 3, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Brainstorming is an invaluable tool for any writer.

    –Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  • Larri @ Seams Inspired
    April 3, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Enjoyed your ‘B’ post. I’m like you…it’s easier for me to brainstorm for others than for myself. Usually, my own brainstorming ends up as daydreaming. If I’m really in need of ideas, I write them down in my journal. A tangible written link is necessary for me to follow through later on.

    Looking forward to reading your challenge posts. Happy Tuesday! 🙂

  • Sherry Gloag
    April 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks for these links, brainstorming is something I could use more of.

  • KarenG
    April 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Most of us don’t do enough brainstorming!

    Nice to meet you, and welcome to the Challenge!

    A to Z Challenge Host

  • Kevin Martin
    April 4, 2012 at 1:22 am

    For some reason, I never have to brainstorm much. As a writer, I tend to come up with ideas (that I think are awesome) from completely random events and thoughts about things and people of my past. Sometimes, my best blog posts are the ones that were written due to common problems that everyone faces, so I guess sticking with common topics isn’t a bad idea at all.

    Looking for ideas to write about is not my biggest problem as a writer. My biggest problem as a writer is actually having the discipline to sit down and write a post that’s worth reading. 🙂

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