How does an Idea Factory work?
In my writing workshops, I like to include an “Idea Factory”–a place where writers can have fun brainstorming together and spitballing crazy story ideas.
The goal of an Idea Factory isn’t to impress other writers or come up with the best idea on earth–although both happen regularly as a byproduct. The whole idea is to give writers a safe place to play, without ego, and get used to collaborating and to generating new story ideas all the time.
Why would I give story ideas away?
Folks, I *am* an idea factory. I’m one of those people who breathes story ideas. I see stories everywhere I turn. And I couldn’t write them all up if I wrote non-stop for a hundred years.
It doesn’t make sense to me to be “precious” (in the Gollum sense) with story ideas when sharing them is so much more fun.
Plus, brainstorming with other writers, building on each others’ ideas, and seeing the amazing ideas all y’all come up with is a blast! Not to mention that when you share your creative processes with me, you make me a better writer. Everybody wins.
Let’s build an Idea Factory
I’m looking at ways to build a special area on this site for an Idea Factory where you’ll be welcome not just to brainstorm but to share story prompts with other people, too.
BUT that probably won’t launch until the new year. (You have no idea the exciting things I have lined up for you in 2015!) And I miss spitballing crazy story ideas with you. And I don’t want to wait.
So how does this sound:
I’ll put up an Idea Factory story prompt here on the blog once a week. Everyone gets a full week to come up with a story pitch–and to respond to other people’s ideas, too. Everybody is welcome. And, in the meantime, if you want to save up your story prompts, there will be a good place to share them in the new year.
Share Your Input: Take the Idea Factory Poll
If you’d like a weekly Idea Factory story prompt series (until the “real” Idea Factory goes live), please cast your vote in the poll below. And if you have any specific questions or requests, let me know in the comments.
Thank you to everyone who took the survey. Our first writing prompt is now live!