I mentioned the term ‘brainstorm buddy’ in my last post, and this week I’m actually staying with one of my brainstorm buddies, so what better time to talk about how amazing they are?
Every time I’m stuck in my novel I go hunt down a brainstorm buddy and I never fail to be amazed at how amazing they are. They’re inspiring, they’re encouraging, and they’re always willing to listen and talk about my stories.
Brainstorm buddies are SO. HELPFUL. Let’s dive in and take a look at why they’re so irreplaceable and amazing.
They will listen to vague idea ramblings that don’t even make sense
Having someone who will willingly listen to my blurry concept ideas and just be someone to nod and prompt me along as I try think through ideas out loud, is the BEST.
It’s good to actually go through thoughts out loud, and have someone there to help sort through those disjointed ideas and try connect them into a masterpiece.
They can keep you on track when you want to quit
I know I’m not the only writer who goes through those days when it’s just all too hard and I want to become a professional broke artist instead even though I can’t draw for the life of me.
This is the perfect time for a brainstorm buddy. They can come and pick up up off the floor and remind you how much you love doing this and give you tea and spark some ideas.
Is having a brainstorm buddy a foolproof way of avoiding writers block? No. But it’s always good to have someone to inspire you anyway, and sometimes they can help us out of the plot holes we’ve fallen into.
They’ll ask the questions that you don’t know the answers for
I have a bad habit when planning my books. If there’s a tricky question about ‘why does so and so do such and such’ I just pretend that no one will ever wonder that, and try to get on with the planning despite that.
My brainstorm buddies have a habit of asking those awkward questions and making me actually work out the nitty gritty of the why and the how.
Always good to have a bit of a nudge when we’re feeling lazy… 😛
Someone to have brilliant ideas for you
So many times, I’ve been stuck in the middle of trying to plot my novel and I start rambling with my brainstorm buddy and she comes out with the most crazy, amazing ideas that I never would have thought of…and she comes up with them for me. So I get to benefit from the genius of my friends’ ideas.
I owe a lot of elements of every single one of my novels to at least one of my brainstorm buddies. One of the biggest points of humour in PRINCE, ideas for the main characters of Powerless, a plot twist or two in A Sprig of Green, and many more things have all been ideas or directly inspired by ideas from one or more of my brainstorm buddies.
I’m very blessed to have a lot of friends I can call brainstorm buddies, and they’ve all played different roles in different novels. Shout-out to all the people in my life who have inspired me and listened to my confused mumbling about my books, and helped sort my mess out into a clear idea. You know who you are. 😉
It’s amazing to have this support, and also give it back to others where I can. Helping someone else brainstorm, is almost as inspiring as having someone help me brainstorm. It’s a win-win on both sides!
Let’s chat! Do you have a brainstorm buddy? Have you ever been a brainstorm buddy for someone else? Do you know anyone you could ask to be your brainstorm buddy?