June 12, 2008
Lately I’ve been doing a tremendous amount of brainstorming. As observers might incorrectly think, brainstorming isn’t just mindless vegetating and time wasting. It’s actually a strenuous process of determining topics, examining the viability of each, and then deciding where and when to pursue story ideas.
If you have a unique brainstorm process, leave it here in the comments.
Mine is usually combined with dining. I bring my notebook with me to breakfast and other meals. Then I just let my mind wander as I look around the restaurant. I create stories about the people around me, the traffic outside, the weather, the topics that are broadcast on the televisions (on a side note, have you noticed how many restaurants now feature TVs on the walls? When did we stop talking to each other? Whoops, there’s another idea!) and anything else that occurs to me.
Right now, I’m in Atlanta and I’m preparing for breakfast and another productive ‘storming session. Good luck with yours.