Winter isn't far away, given the howling winds and shivery temperatures here today. Flurries are predicted for the coming week, but I can't wait. I love winter!
It's been a great weekend here. After returning from a weekend-long trip on Thursday night, I packed again and headed to a hotel with Kylie Brant and Cindy Gerard, where we spent the weekend brainstorming plots for upcoming books. They are both amazing writers, and it's such a blessing to have a chance to think through the complexities of a story set-up with extra brain power to help! Bouncing ideas around, throwing out possibilities--the result can be exciting new directions that one might not have thought of alone. We all have different styles of writing and write different types of books, but the time is invaluable, and now we are trying to meet once or twice a year. If you are a writer, consider doing the same with your own writer friends--even if only for a day-long session in some neutral territory, away from family and household commitments, so there are no distractions.
The three of us have free-form sessions, but another approach can be to address answers to specific questions needed to set up a book.
A wonderful tool (which could be used alone, or in a brainstorm session with friends) by Alicia Rasley can be found at: http://www.sff.net/people/Alicia/artout.htm There are lots of wonderful articles at her site! She's also a fantastic workshop speaker, and has produced a really excellent writing reference called The Story Within. If you ever have a chance to hear her speak at a conference, be sure to attend!
Best wishes to all,