Sitting across the table from my new book coaching client, I knew that the pressure was on for me to be able to help her get the clarity she needed to write her book.
As we discussed approaches to writing the book, the more that we talked and brainstormed ideas, the clearer the direction she wanted to take became for her.
Why was this so?
It seems that the science says that when one idea is presented, we often find a similar idea that adds on to the previous idea, which leads to the creation of a bigger and better idea. (https://www.fastcompany.com/3032418/the-science-of-brainstorming)
Especially where analogies are used. An analogy takes two events or objects and compares them, which demonstrates their underlying similarities.
For example, in a brainstorming session, I might say, “you could write this like film A”, and you say, “Yeah, or film B.” Film A had a heroine that saved the planet. Film B had a hero that saved the planet. Both saved the planet. And then I say, “Or, you could have a plot twist where they were not able to save the planet…”
This exploration of ideas together can trigger a whole new way of thinking about the book.
I was sitting across the table from a male friend. He had an idea for this book and he had come up with a way to end the book that was shocking. But as I considered his method of killing off the main character, I saw that it had some potential holes in terms of credibility. Someone could have intervened in the death because it would take too long, etc. So through our discussions, we were able to really flesh out some of his approach to the story and discuss how he would be able to reveal the main character’s transformation through the story line and whether that transformation could be revealed by other characters in the story, ie a counsellor, or psyche profiler etc.
There are so many different ways to approach writing a book. First person, Third person, through diaries or television interviews, through someone’s account of events like a journalist or investigator etc.
This is why brainstorming with someone who understands the elements of creating a page turning book is so helpful. They understand the dynamics of a book and the tricks for creating suspense.
I know that when I first considered writing my first novel I had the benefit of brainstorming with my sister and fleshing out the different characters. And whenever I got stuck, she was just a phone call away. It made all the difference to my being able to get my book done and dusted.
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