I'm brainstorming a new book or series with new characters. No, I'm not done with the Guardian Witch yet, but this would be a new endeavor, and the "thinking stage" is always the hardest part for me. It isn't that I don't have ideas—I have too many.
I don't know how other writers begin a new project, but my stories always start with the main character. Once I have that person, I build the world and the setting around him or her. Then comes picking a plot out of all the thousands of things my character might do. It's a process that takes days, sometimes weeks, and I often plot at strange times and places.
I tried working out here, but not much plotting got done. More sleeping and just relaxing in the sun. Even Ranger looks about ready to doze off.
Nope. Not in front of one of the TVs either. Too much distraction.
What was that Gibbs just said?
However, some of my best ideas for small plot points occur here. I'm not in the shower long enough for any major work. :)
Even surrounded by books, I find the treadmill really, really boring. I often fill up the time by trying out scenes and dialogue in my head.
I know I should be thinking about traffic, but this is one of my most frequent plotting places. I've been known to take a short trip somewhere just to think through a particularly tough problem.
Talking it over, by phone or email, with friends and other writers can spark an entirely new direction. I use them without mercy!
This is actually where my major plotting takes place, not by outlining or making copious notes, but by simply sitting down and writing. Yes, I'm a pantser. If I let them, my characters will tell me their story and brainstorming away from my office is usually confined to smaller issues (ie obsessing over the right word, naming a minor character, methods to get my hero or heroine out of a specific scrape).
So one day soon, when my current rewrites on another manuscript are complete, this is where I'll begin in earnest--talking with that new character (I aleady know its a heroine) and waiting for her story to unfold.
What do you suppose other writers do? Do they have special places to think?
And how about you? Where do you go to sort things out?
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