Writers of all genres welcome brainstorming sessions. The opportunity to discuss new ideas and solve problems in a creative environment is an amazing resource. Our minds kick down the doors that hold our imaginations captive, and the result is a collective stroke of genius.

Sometimes those who offer their assistance do more harm than good. A writer shares an idea with passion and enthusiasm. The book project is a seed wanting to burst into a beautiful, well-developed project. When the writer finishes, the listener says,

“Great idea, but …”

“You should record every detail, but …”

“I’d love to hear more, but …”

The word “but” has stopped the writing of more books than any of us could imagine. How many novels and nonfiction projects never blessed readers because the writer was met with discouragement? When a steel trap closes down our dreams, negativity ruins any progress. Instead, what if a listener responded in this way?

The word “and” opens up the windows of the imagination….

“Great idea, and …”

“You should record every detail, and …”

“I’d love to hear more, and …”

Do you taste the delight of encouraging a writer to see more, be more, stretch more with one small word? The word “and” opens up the windows of the imagination with sweet encouragement.

The next time you’re a part of a brainstorming session, keep these three things in mind.

1. Brainstorming does not mean placing a roadblock on your mind’s ability to think outside of the world’s definition of logic.

2. Leave the word “but” out of your feedback. There’s a time and place when the project is in editorial stage to offer insight and constructive criticism.

3. Use the word “and” in your responses. Open the pathway of free thinking with unique and unusual ideas. We never know where the road will take us.

Your turn! What aspect makes the best brainstorming session for you?

Meet the Author

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association; International Thriller Writers, and the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. She is co-director of The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.