Writing Wednesday — brainstorming for fiction writers

“Writers depend on ideas. Whether we’re planners or pantsers, every sentence, paragraph, and scene embodies an idea. It’s inevitable that at some point, you simply will not know what happens next. You’ll be stuck and forced to brainstorm.”

That’s the opening paragraph of my article, “What Happens Next? 9 tried-and-true brainstorming strategies for fiction writers” in the February 2022 issue of The Writer, available now. I hope you’ll take a look and try some of my suggestions, worked out through my own experience, research into creativity, and conversations with other writers.

(And lest you think the subtitle a bit cliched, I promise you, I didn’t write it!)

On another topic, are you Team Prologue or Team Just Start the First Chapter? In this blog post, To Prologue or Not to Prologue, at Suite T, the Southern Writers blog, I discuss the uses and abuses of the prologue and give examples from crime fiction and other novels.

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  1. I’ve been directing my Successful Rural Artists members (a private Facebook Group) to your Saturday postings as the whole rationale behind the group is that everyone is a creative genius, but most just don’t recognize that.

    I would love to feature you in one of my Artist of the Week posts, preferably on Wednesday, January 26th, 2022. Would you be at all interested in this, and if so, could you send me a short bio–or I could pull it from your About Me section, as well as a link to whatever website you would like our group members to see. I would also like to invite you to join our small but growing group of Successful Rural Artists.


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