My writing process- Brainstorming

Lately I’ve had writing on the brain. So much so that I’ve yet to finish reading a book so far this year.

*hangs head in shame*

Anyway, since I’ve been writing so much, I’ve been thinking a lot about my process in an attempt to make it more efficient and less stressful for me.

And I thought I would talk with all of you, to see what works for you. Maybe I could take bits and pieces of your ideas and create something that helps me focus more. For most people, their writing process begins with brainstorming. I’m no exception to that rule. So let’s start there.

my writing process- brainstorming

http://www.carolinemadethis.com/2014/07/30/lets-start-at-the-very-beginning/

http://www.carolinemadethis.com/2014/07/30/lets-start-at-the-very-beginning/

For me, brainstorming is a very general process.

I usually something in mind that I want to build a story around. It starts general, and moves towards something more specific until I have a setting, character, genre, etc., that I want to build a novel or story around. Even then, the specifics don’t often come to me until later.

Mind mapping is often what helps me go from general to specific details.

Starting with an idea or two, I branch out and find/create more specific details about the idea and try to discover connections between them. What fits together? What would help create a world? What character traits can I use? Sometimes more than one mind-map is useful as things get more specific and break down into smaller parts.

Listing is usually the other way I go about brainstorming.

Similar to mind mapping, this generally consists of me writing down things. It’s not unusual for those things to make absolutely no sense at all whatsoever. Even to me. This method is often how I come up with ideas for blog posts as well as story ideas. It allows me to go through and find ideas that I can combine, or further develop.

Some people do all of this on the computer, but I find that for me hand-writing everything is the best way to organize my thoughts. There is something about scrawling ideas on paper that really helps me to focus, or find ideas buried in my mind.

 

Check out the post I wrote for NaNoWriMo on Brainstorming.

 

What is your brainstorming process like?

Do you have an ongoing (and constantly growing) list of ideas? Do you come up with ideas one-by-one (that’s usually how it works for me)?

How do you keep everything organized?

Monday Musings: NaNoWriMo is Over! (and basically I suck at blogging)

Originally my goal was to post updates on my progress for NaNoWriMo a couple of times a week last month…

Then I thought, hey, maybe once a week updates would be sufficient.

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Obviously, none of that happened.

But I did win NaNoWriMo on Saturday, Nov 29th, at one of my write-ins! Myself and another WriMo raced one another to 50k and both ended up making it there in the same word sprint!

It felt awesome! I won NaNo last year, but forgot that amazing writer’s high you get when you see your word count reach 50k and finish the first draft of your novel at the same time!!! I know I am going to have to revise and add bits and pieces in there, but yay– my second novel is written!

exciteddavidtennantI really do apologize for not updating during NaNoWriMo, but honestly, I was so wrapped up in my story and in life that adding one more thing to my daily schedule may have tipped the balance of my writing productivity into less productive territory.

But I am trying to come up with a decent blogging schedule for the rest of this year, and into 2015

Can you believe that 2015 is only one month away?!? I can’t wrap my mind around it.

 

Anyways….

I am going to keep reading (now that I have time I have a huge TBR pile to catch up with) and I am going to go back to revisions of The Girl in the Glass Coffin here in a week or so— after I give my poor brain a break.

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo?

How did it go for you? Do you have any writer goals for the last month of 2015? Let’s chat and catch up!