Blogging Insights 3.0 – #4

Blogging Insights 3.0 – #4

Blogging Insights hosted by Salted Caramel. Salted Caramel offers a quote-of-a-sort to respond to each week. If you enjoy wise sayings from others, check out her offerings. 


“Writing is always difficult, but easier with something to say. From “Bridge of Clay” by Marcus Zusak.


Writing is always difficult for me… until I have the burning idea that just has to come out.

I use some of the same techniques that I taught my students to use in school to assist in discovering the burning ideas. One way I help myself get rid of being brain-dead is Brainstorming – coming us with different scenarios for my given problem.

Another solution is a spin-off of the 6-3-5 business brainstorming. I clarify the problem and then ask 6 different people creative solutions. I ask them to give me 3 answers each. Then I take the 18 possibilities and narrow down the choices to the 5 best ones. Usually, something clicks for me before I get to the last step.

A third way I beat being brain-dead is to start my story with a dialogue line and get the main characters talking. They often let me know what the storyline is supposed to be doing.

Written for Blogging Insights 3.0 – #4.

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