Never Underestimate The Power Of Brainstorming

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  • Never Underestimate The Power Of Brainstorming

    You're faced with a pivotal yet stubborn scene that has cul de sac written all over it. You grab a notebook and jot down every keyword you can think of relating to that scene. Then scribble keywords for those keywords. Then those keywords turn to phrases, bits and pieces of action or dialogue. Doesn't have to be legible, doesn't necessarily have to make sense. And if you do it long enough you write your way into a better scene that transitions fluidly into the next one.

    Ten decent pages beats staring at a screen for ten minutes.

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    Re: Never Underestimate The Power Of Brainstorming

    That works.

    I just usually take a walk and play the parts of all my characters, talking to myself like I'm some rambling one man show. People must wonder if I've completely lost my mind (I suppose at time I wonder the same thing), but by the time I get home the one problem scene has becomes three good ones and one more new problem to walk off tomorrow.

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    • #3
      Re: Never Underestimate The Power Of Brainstorming

      Good stuff. Write your way out.
      If you really like it you can have the rights
      It could make a million for you overnight

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      • #4
        Re: Never Underestimate The Power Of Brainstorming

        I like it.

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        • #5
          Re: Never Underestimate The Power Of Brainstorming

          Simple yet powerful tool. Got me out of a bunch of jams. The tendancy is to think big for the big set-pieces or sequences. But many of the best ideas start out as tiny germs that expand.
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          • #6
            Re: Never Underestimate The Power Of Brainstorming

            I tried that but I'm so disorganized I cannot find the notes the next day. Probabaly 10,000 keywords, scene outlines and bits of witty dialogue lost on the pages of 20 or more fat notebooks scattered around the house. If I could just find that page ....

            I tried a recorder, but I lose those as well. Tough reality, but somehow in the end I manage.

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            • #7
              Re: Never Underestimate The Power Of Brainstorming

              Brainstorming is good...

              Naps work well, too.

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