Michelle Lim Bio:
Michelle Lim is the author of the new book Idea Sparking: How to Brainstorm Conflict in Your Novel. Also a romantic suspense author whose manuscripts have earned recognition in The Rattler Contest 2012, the Genesis Contest 2011, and the Frasier Contest in 2010. Michelle is the Brainstorm/Huddle Coach at My Book Therapy and serves as Vice President of MN N.I.C.E., a local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. Check out her blog at: Thoughts On Plot.
First, Michael thank you so much for inviting me to visit your blog. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you through our local ACFW Chapter, Minnesota N.I.C.E..
For those of you who haven’t heard, during my Idea Sparking: How to Brainstorm Conflict in Your Novel Tour I’m having a drawing for a Free Kindle Paperwhite. For each different blog I visit that you comment on during my tour, you get one entry. Each day I will post any new tour locations on my blog.
Brainstorming is easier in a group, but what do you do when it is just you and your chocolate trying to fill a massive hole in your manuscript? Here is a tip you could try from my new book Idea Sparking: How to Brainstorm Conflict in Your Novel.
Brainstorming Strategy: Secret Sabotage
We have all kinds of secrets that we hide every day, small bits of information that we find embarrassing. Some of these things can interfere with our decisions and our behavior.
Characters have these secrets and we can use them to create unexpected actions to keep other characters from discovering them.
If you are stuck, ask yourself, “What secrets does my character have? What unexpected actions might they take to avoid others discovering these secrets?”
The Secret Sabotage Strategy is covered in more depth in my book, but this is just a glimpse to get you started.
With NanoWrimo just around the corner you may find yourself in situations where brainstorming strategies can get you back on track to your word count goals.
Now it’s your turn. What secrets have you given a character? Or what secret has caused someone you know to change their actions?