I looked for a scene I’d written and couldn’t find it, and decided I’d never written it, I’d only brainstormed it so vividly I thought it was finished
By Mary Connealy
Sure I could have used that as a title. I admit it. I was tempted.
I was doing my daily writing and sometimes my books get a little jumbled up. Not a little, but I’d written a proposal scene and by the time I was done with it, I knew it was too early in the book. So I backed up to right before things got … ahem … friendly and broke the scene off and pushed the proposal on down a ways on the page, then interrupted the couple and went on, the proposal written and ready (if I end up using it) but it hadn’t yet happened.
Well that means that each time I open the document for the day’s writing I have to find the starting point from the day before, and that’s about five pages UP from the writing, through all the proposal pages.
So fine, but I’m ready now and I have to work my way around to the proposal, which I hope to do pretty soon.
So I’ve got the criminal blackmailing and old accomplice who has gotten ahead in the world and has a lot to lose. So the old accomplice agrees to help the bad guy.
It’s so CLEAR. The word choices, the movements on the page, how the ROOM looks in the old accomplice’s mansion. But yet, I could not find it and finally had to admit I’d never written it, only brainstormed it.
I brainstorm (although I’d done it in groups and gotten some good stuff) almost exclusively by LONER myself in bed at night while I lie awake in bitter insomniac torment.
If the brainstorming is going well, I don’t even notice the insomnia ...much. In fact if I can brainstorm well, I know I will be going to sleep soon. It’s the nights my brain will NOT calm down and settle into brainstorming that I know I’m in trouble. When I’ve got a song stuck on repeat in my head and am getting angry with My Cowboy for something he did sixteen years ago, and debating some talk radio host about something he said earlier that day….then I know I’m in trouble.
It's when my mind is calm that I can brainstorm and sleep. Yes, my books put me to sleep.<<<< A line to think over and maybe delete later!
I have this image of myself juggling, in very slow motion, throwing ideas into the air, watching them spin, turn in different directions, show different sides, catching them while another idea flips in the air.
Yes, in my private dreams apparently I wanted to be a juggling clown in the circus, but that’s another blog.
So how do you brainstorm? As with all things in writing, there is no one RIGHT way. There is only what works for you. Do you brainstorm online with friends? In groups face to face? Inside your own head? With one trusted friend? A combination? Something completely different?
What works for you? And remember my way only proves I’m a weirdo. And it proves it ain’t a book until you’ve typed it up.
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Long Time Gone is book #2 in the Cimarron Legacy Series
The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they truly uncovered the real plot to take their New Mexico ranch? Rancher Justin Boden is now in charge. He is normally an unshakable and rugged man, but Angie DuPree, the incompetent assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on—and right when Justin needs to keep his wits about him.