Break out the plunger.
1. Go to bed. I find this to be the easiest way to get ideas. Drift off to that purgatory between sleep and wakefulness. Think about your characters, your plot, or your problem that can’t be solved during the daylight hours no matter how hard you try (or don’t try, I think that is my problem).
Inevitably, ideas will start to come to you just when you want to fall asleep. This is where the little notebook and pen on your bedside stand come in mighty handy. You will probably be wide awake after you get your good idea. You may even have to go fire up your computer again.
2. People watch. It’s a great way to work on you characterization. Is that male lead just not fleshing out believably?
Go to Walmart and take in the sights. If you’re looking for some character flaws, the mom whose…
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