Friday, September 19, 2008
Ask yourself, What could become a scene or section or small moment in my book?
Your challenge: add three items to your list each day this week. Watch your book build.
Go wild: Allow yourself to include things that don’t seem to fit, like a color, image, snapshot memory, dream, desire, smell, favorite meal. Use your own special shorthand and descriptors to jot these ideas down. Choose image-rich words, if you can, so your imagination will be triggered when you read them. The most successful brainstorming lists immediately put the writer into a scene full of senses.
Examples from my current novel's list:
red stain in the carpet
nighttime trees in the orchard behind Molly's (main character's) house
Molly saying no to Lisa--finally
Posted by Mary Carroll Moore at 1:20 PM