Why To Find A Brainstorm Buddy

by | 12 October 2018 | Life, Writing | 14 comments

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?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. J.A.Penrose

    Yassss, brainstorm buddies are the best. *happy claps* So many scenes come from ideas that mine throw at me at random points during our conversations.

    I love how some of my buddies at school will just sit there and listen to me ramble, and I assume that they aren’t listening . AND THEN THEY SPOUT OUT AN AWESOME IDEA BASED OFF WHAT I WAS SAYING. Awesomeness.

    And yes, being able to brainstorm with people about their ideas, and yours can be super fun. It means that you both get hyped about the other one, and it helps as you’re then writing cos you both keep wanting to know what’s happening in the other story.

    Agh, yes. Everyone needs brainstorm buddies. (Shout out to all of you guys)

    • Jane Maree

      Yes, they are!

      It’s kind of important that a brainstorm buddy is willing to listen, haha. 😛

      Mutual encouragement is the best part, yes! And getting an inside peek into someone else’s story is a bonus too. 😂

  2. Buddy J.

    “-Someone to have brilliant ideas for you-”

    Thank you for saying that… I tend to feel as though I (being the author) need to come up with the brilliant ideas, and I sometimes don’t feel like I should go to a brainstorming buddy.

    It’s nice to hear that I don’t need to always be stupendous. Haha!

    • Jane Maree

      Being inspired by brainstorm buddies is always great–there’s absolutely no need to feel bad that you didn’t come up with the whole book by yourself. The longer I write for, the more fully I realise that a book is not one person’s work. It takes so many different people and their encouragement, their ideas, and sometimes even just an offhand thing they say. 😀

      As long as you have some stupendous friends, you can relax! 😛

  3. Nicole Dust

    Ooo, I’ve never thought about this before! I may to think about getting one for this year’s NaNo novel! (I can’t believe it’s almost November. *silently dying*)

    • Jane Maree

      Definitely have a think about it! NaNo is a particularly good time of year to hitch in a buddy who can help you get through the month. (I know, right!)

  4. Quinley

    I should really get a brainstorm buddy…hmm…they seem really helpful. 🙂

    • Jane Maree

      Do it! I definitely recommend them. 😉

  5. Nora Sanders

    I clearly need a brainstorm buddy. I don’t know *what* I’ve been doing with my life.
    Awesome post Jane!

    recently posted … Know The Novel Pt. 1 + TLoW

    • Jane Maree

      Every writer needs one! I don’t know what I’d do without people to brainstorm with. 😛

  6. MiddleEarthMusician

    AH I LOVE BRAINSTORM BUDDIES. I have one friend who I can always talk over my writing ideas with, and she has given me some fantastic ideas. I’ve been a brainstorm buddy a little bit in the past, and I have a lot of fun doing it. 😀 You’ve also helped me a bit with brainstorming, and I love the advice you’ve given. 🙂

    • Jane Maree

      That’s great! It’s so good to be able to help each other.

      Aw, I’m so glad. 😊 Anytime, girl.

  7. Evelyn

    Amen! Brainstorming buddies are the best! 🙂

    • Jane Maree

      They’re the ultimate lifesavers! *fistbumps*

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