We’re so relieved when we come up with a solution to a problem, like what the story should be of a novel or screenplay we want to write, that we usually quickly take the first answer. However, there may be several better solutions we’ll never even consider.
Suggestion: Generate a set of questions that prompt you to consider additional alternatives. These will vary depending on what you usually write (or do). For works of fiction, for instance, it might look something like this
- What if this story took place in the past?
- What if it took place in the future?
- Who else could be the
- Different gender
- Where else could it take place?
- What if it started in the middle?
- What if it started at the end?
- What if it were a different genre? (Any that you write or want to write)
- What other format could it be? (e.g., graphic novel, screenplay, novel, short story, novella, monologue, etc.)
- What if the ending were the opposite of what I have in mind?
Try not to compare them one by one to the first solution, just write them all down without judging.
Do this for a set time period—say 15 minutes—on several consecutive days. At the end of a week or so go through all the options and find the one (or the combination of several) that are most exciting and promising.
(You'll find lots more right-brain writing approaches in "Your Writing Coach," published by Nicholas Brealey and available from Amazon or your other favorite bookseller.)