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My Brains Iz Storming!

For most writers, procrastination usually has a basis in something other than just laziness. My number one reason for crying procrastination is writer’s block–which is another way of saying I’ve written myself into a corner and I can’t get out!

Brainstorming usually works to plot your way out of the hole but how do you brainstorm? You can ask ten different writers and get ten different methods. Like writing methods, brainstorming can be a personal decision.

I have several methods, some of which include contacting author friends, chatting online. But other authors have deadlines and scheduling issues and can’t be at my beck and call. So who is more than willing to listen to me ramble as I talk my way out of a corner?

My momma. *cackle* Turns out my mother is my best sounding board for plotting. Not because she’s a writer in waiting. Not because she has great suggestions. But because she just sits there and listens.

No, she doesn’t offer suggestions. Some times she doesn’t say more than “hmmm” or “uh huh”. But because I’m trying to make another human understand what my story is about, I find a way out of my plothole.

This method doesn’t seem to work as well if I’m just talking to myself. Or to the cats–with them, I might as well be talking to myself. The act of trying to make sense of the story to another person is what does the trick for me.

Of course, as with all advice, your mileage may vary. And if your mother doesn’t know what kind of kinky stuff you write, she might not be the one to try out this method. *cackle* But rather than blame your lack of progress on procrastination, find the underlying reason and move on.


4 thoughts on “My Brains Iz Storming!

  1. I think procrastination can also be due to fear of failure. If you never write/finish the book, then you can't submit, and then you can't be rejected, etc. But you're right. Sometimes it's purely that I just don't know what happens next and until I do, I procrastinate.

  2. I agree with the fear of failure thing. But if you keep going that way, you really do wind up failing yourself and your dreams. That's a lot of regret to carry around, but fear of failure's too big a hurdle for some ppl to jump. I've tripped over it a few times myself!

  3. Great post, Shayla! I love brainstorming, especially with my writer friends. I talk out some of my writing with my mom, but I'm not sure she's as patient as yours is, LOL. But like you said, just trying to verbalize the story helps tremendously. 🙂

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