Lisa here...I'm thrilled to host my craft partner, Michelle Lim, as our guest today! Her new writing resource, Idea Sparking: How to Brainstorm Conflict in Your Novel, is available now at the My Book Therapy store: Idea Sparking. I started reading Idea Sparking on the plane home from ACFW. This is a fantastic resource for writers, especially if they're struggling with plot and conflict like I am.
As a young girl I dreamed of being a gymnast like Mary Lou Retton, a skater like Tara Lipinski, and a singer like Amy Grant. Never in all of my dreaming did I ever imagine I would become a writer.
I did join gymnastics and learn to do walk overs on the beam. I even learned to ice skate backwards on a pond near my house. As for singing, I joined a group in college called Refiner’s Fire.
But all of those things were hobbies, they didn’t bring alive that passion in me to spend hours becoming the best.
Little did I know, the thing that I spent the most time on would become and important part of my second career after deciding to be an at home mom instead of an elementary teacher.
What did I spend hours of my childhood doing? Reading. Everything I could get my hands on. I journaled, wrote songs, wrote poems, devised better endings for a book in my mind.
God knew that love of print and story would become an important part of the passion I have for writing. All the ideas flowed in and began to pour out on the page.
Believe it or not, I’m a fiction writer. I write Romantic Suspense, but I learned in working with other writers that many are challenged by the fear of the blank page or the sag in the middle of their story.
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That’s when the idea for my book, Idea Sparking: How to Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, began to take shape in my mind. I hadn’t realized brainstorming was a gift. I thought everyone naturally brainstormed well.
Not so. In fact, some writers struggle so much that they take more time coming up with and plotting story ideas than they do to write the manuscript.
Idea Sparking is designed to help you learn to brainstorm in your own way. It provides strategies and a diagnostic tool to identify the problem and solve it. Anyone can be a brilliant brainstormer—you just have to learn some strategies to help with trouble spots.
From one writer who gave up the balance beam and ice skates to another, find what you love. Where do you spend your time? Pull ideas from your favorite things. Nothing is impossible if you take off the ice skates that don’t fit your purpose.
Yes, I still go skating from time to time, but I spend much of my time with my nose in a book or a manuscript, because that is how God created me.
Your Turn: What did you dream of becoming when you grew up? Are you living that dream, or has it changed into a new one? How are you living your dream now?
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. Learn more about her at www.thoughtsonplot.wordpress.com.