(Formerly a FFQ Article)
Most fledgling writers believe that the process of writing includes an inspirational moment where an idea strikes and … poof, the story comes to fruition in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Yes, we as writers will sometimes get an inspirational moment where an idea comes to us and it’s better than sliced bread. However, it doesn't come to us as a full story, nor does it come to us as a fully fleshed out idea. The best thing to do is to get the idea down on paper/word processor. Come back to it later to begin the process of turning it into a workable notion.
OK, you've got the spark of a story, the most basic notion of what your story is going to be. Now what? Brainstorming is a great way to get the plot and story arc worked. And, this doesn't have to be a solitary construct. Lot’s of people brainstorm with a group to help figure out what works, what doesn't work, and interesting concepts that the you or I wouldn't have thought of on our own. If you like the idea of brainstorming as a group, use your writing group or find a podcast for writers that caters to it. The Dead Robots’ Society podcast is willing to do this if you contact them. Check out www.deadrobotssociety.com for information on how to contact them.
Brainstorming is the first step in writing your novel. It is a structured way of coming up with ideas and ways to plot your story to completion. I've used the brainstorming method individually on multiple projects. It also helps to figure out if the story idea is strong enough to become that novel or short story that you have been wanting to write. Check out your options for brainstorming via community. Two heads are better than one. Brainstorming as a group has incredible potential.