Yesterday, Colleen, Denise and I had a brainstorming session. For some reason, Kristin couldn’t work it in her plans to fly in from California, and since she just moved, we agreed to give her the day off. ;-)
Anyway, we’re plugging along on Denise’s story and I had a sort of surreal moment. It’s like I was listening to our comments and seeing our POVs really shining through. We were talking about one of the characters and it went something like this:
Denise: “We need to deepen the conflict here. Give this guy some problems.”
Such a Denise thing to say.
Colleen, sitting on the edge of her seat and looking every inch Odie of Garfield fame:
“Make him blind!”
(She can’t kill him, he’s the hero or she would have had that man dead and buried).
Denise’s face lights up and I’m mortified! A gasp lodges in my throat. “NO! We can’t make him blind. At least give him one good eye! You guys are twisted!” I slump back in my seat.
No doubt had Kristin been there she would have had the protagonist show up in a great pair of shoes and matching handbag.
I can only imagine what the people around us were thinking (we were sitting outside of Starbucks).
Have you ever seen Alex & Emma,
where they brainstorm together on his story? It was so like that. You finally get one thing figured out then something else changes all that.
Because we’re so different in how we come up with storyline, I think each one offers a new twist and depth to the story, which is a good thing. Though I have to say sometimes we take so many twists and turns, my head starts to rattle and I want to bang it against the wall.
So how do you do the brainstorming thing?