(If you are looking for the contest click this link: Novels of Hope Contest.)
One thing about finishing my latest novel, Rose House, and it being sent off to press is that I find myself strangely with no deadlines. All I can do is write. Imagine a writer having nothing to do but write!
One of the things I like to do during this period is come up with new ideas. I have a number of methods I use to come up with and dig into a new story, but they are all in some way forms of free writing. What my free writing amounts to is opening a file and writing with no care in the world. I don’t worry about mistakes or filter my thoughts at all. I was first introduced to this concept ages ago when a writing professor handed me a dog-eared copy of Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg.
I’m curious. For those of you who are writers, what sort of writing prompts do you use? What about the rest of you creative types? How do you brainstorm ideas?