Saturday, June 26, 2010

Brainstorming is the best part of writing - Paty Jager Guest Blogging

Brainstorming is the best part of writing.

I think the gift of having other writers to bounce ideas off of is the best thing about being a writer. Sure you have your main characters fairly anchored in your mind, but by throwing out ideas to other writers and getting all their creative ideas tossed into your mix, it gives you more to think about and make your GMC and characters stronger.

When I started writing Doctor in Petticoats, I had a hero who in previous books hadn't shown a heroic side. My editor didn’t like him and was wary of his story being the next one in line, but I knew it had to be him. He had to become the redeemed character, and besides, I'd set him up from the last book to be the next brother to find true love. ;)

I began tossing my impressions of him and where the story needed to go to my RWA chapter mates. Collectively, they all came back with great feedback into how to work around his middle child-immaturity issues. I had already set him on that path with sending him to a blind school where he would be on his own. No brothers to tell him what to do or to fall back on when he found himself in trouble. At the school he learned to mature, grow and become the hero the heroine deserved.

And best of all, my editor fell in love with him, too!

Blurb- Doctor in Petticoats

After a life-altering accident and a failed relationship, Dr. Rachel Tarkiel gave up on love and settled for a life healing others as the physician at a School for the Blind. She's happy in her vocation--until handsome Clay Halsey shows up and inspires her to want more.

Blinded by a person he considered a friend, Clay curses his circumstances and his limitations. Intriguing Dr. Tarkiel shows him no pity, though. To her, he's as much a man as he ever was.

Can these two wounded souls conquer outside obstacles, as well as their own internal fears, and find love?

“I’m going to look in your other eye now.” Rachel, again, placed a hand on his face and opened the eyelids, stilling her fluttering heart as she pressed close. His clean-shaven face had a couple small nicks on the edges of his angular cheeks. The spice of his shave soap lingered on his skin.

She resisted the urge to run her cheek against his. The heat of his face under her palm and his breath moving wisps of wayward hair caused her to close her eyes and pretend for a few seconds he could be her husband. A man who loved her and wouldn’t be threatened by her occupation or sickened by her hideous scar.

His breathing quickened. A hand settled on her waist, slid around to her back, and drew her forward. Her hand, holding the lens, dropped to his shoulder, and she opened her eyes. This behavior on both their parts was unconscionable, but her constricted throat wouldn’t allow her to utter the rebuke.

Clay sensed the moment the doctor slid from professional to aroused woman. The hand on his cheek caressed rather than held, her breathing quickened, and her scent invaded his senses like a warm summer rain.

Today is the second day on my fifteen blog/twelve day tour. Leave a comment and follow me to all the blogs on my tour and you could win an autographed copy of my June release, Doctor in Petticoats, a B&N gift card, and a summer tote filled with goodies. To find out all the places I'll be, go to my blog- to find the list.



Autumn Jordon said...

I love to brainstorm too. Not a week goes by that CP and I don't throw ideas around. Both happiest of moments and frustrating. Why? Because we come up with really good ideas and I wonder how to make them work.

Awesome excerpt. I love it.

She said...

Good excerpt. I need to put Clay's story on wish list. We brainstorm at work. It's amazing how talking something out gives you the solution.

Ann_Campbell said...

I only have one CP that I brainstorm with, but she is really good.

Alice Trego said...

Loved your thoughts on brainstorming, Paty. Most of the time I find this writing tool comes in handy when I want a full-fledged story and dimensional characters.

I read the excerpt, and, ohmygosh! This book is now at the top of my TBR list!


Paty Jager said...

Autumn, I know what you're saying. I rode to a writer's retreat with another writer and we actually brainstormed the book I'm writing now on that trip. I'm loving the writing, but I find I can't make everything we discussed work.

Paty Jager said...

She, that's true. When I get stuck I turn to a critique partner to talk it out.

Paty Jager said...


One more brain than your own is always good. Because everyone has different ideas of things and it's amazing how something you didn't think of all of sudden makes perfect sense for the story. Or someone else mentions something that triggers a great idea.

Paty Jager said...

Alice, I couldn't write a book if I didn't brainstorm with either my CP's or my best friend. I tend to box myself in but if someone else suggests something I can totally change course.

I'm glad I've hooked another reader.

Obe said...

Awesome excerpt, Paty as always you leave me wanting. I'm so glad your chapter mates could help you get this together it looks awesome.

liana laverentz said...

Fifteen blogs in 12 days! Is that like touring Europe? Fifteen countries in 12 days? I love to brainstorm. It's what keeps my creativity fresh. Good luck with Clay's story. Sounds like another winner!

Tanya Hanson said...

Wow, Paty, what a great excerpt. Such emotion.

I actually brainstorm most of the time these days with a good friend who is not a writer. She is a dedicated reader who knows why a good book is good, and she give me tons of wonderful ideas and the sparks for others.

Allison Chase said...

Every now and then my critique group holds plotting sessions, or we'll do emergency ones when one of us is stuck. An objective point of view can be like a jump start when you've stalled out.

Heidiwriter said...

Absolutely--having a group to brainstorm with and exchange feedback is so valuable in a writer's life!

Eunice Boeve said...

You know I've tried to brainstorm with others, but generally they want to go where I don't. What works for me is to let the characters brainstorm. I guess that's what they do. Anyway, they decide what happens after I put them in a situation or they've put themselves there. Sometimes they make mistakes and I have to backtrack and let them change their minds, but usually it's in their hands, or brains, or wahtever.

Paty Jager said...

Nancy, thanks!
LOL Liana! I'm hoping readers like it.

Tanya, I have a friend who is a non-writer that I use to bump ideas off of.

I agree, Allison.

Heidi, that's true.

Eunice, not everyone works well with other people throwing ideas at them. I like it because it helps me go outside my own thought process and delve deeper into a situation.

flchen1 said...

It's fun to hear how you brainstorm, Paty! I'm not a writer, but I enjoy the brainstorming process! It's the figuring what to do with it after that gets tricky though! Congrats on Doctor in Petticoats--it all comes together beautifully for you!

Paty Jager said...

Thank you!