Brainstorming 2018: Oh, the Things People Say

Brainstorming 2018 is now just a mish-mash of notes and ideas brewing in the head of each of the four members of my brainstorming group. But wow, did we accomplish a lot.

Cooking Dinner

If you’re late coming to the idea of brainstorming and what goes on, you can find lots about what we do here. 

Meantime, here’s a quick refresher.  My brainstorming group consists of Casey Daniels, Serena B. Miller, and Shelley Costa. Each of us gets two separate sessions of about two hours each to talk about an idea, a book in progress, issues of craft, or plans for a series. I talked about the next book I want to write for Mira and used both sessions to explore the ideas forming in my head.

Among us we write mystery, romance, women’s fiction, and Christian fiction. Genre doesn’t matter. Good books have so much more in common than not. That’s what we focus on. But this time, I thought I’d take actual notes on some of the odder things that were said as we worked. And despite what you  might think, while some of us write mysteries, not all these quotes pertained to those books.

Tarot Reading for Characters

That said, I refuse to tell you who said what or why. You’ll understand. Here we go.

But we need to find a place to stow the body.

I think he went into an alternate universe.

I like the dead ex-wife.

If you know how to sew, you’ll never go hungry.

I can see someone shooting her. . .

Two murders are always better than one.

Do you want to hear a random fact about rabies?

There are only so many bodies you can find in the wall.

I’ve got body parts in the trunk of my car.

(And last, but not least. . .)  I don’t want to write anything that doesn’t leave the reader with hope.

Celebrating Another Year Together and a Host of New Ideas.

We have such fun. Brainstorming 2018 was a real writing boost. I’m looking forward to reading lots of good books in the future from my brainstorming partners. I hope you are, too.


  1. Joan Leopold on June 27, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Thanks for sharing that, Emilie. Brainstorming in the atmosphere of Chautauqua must enhance every thought.

  2. Nita Voleski on June 27, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Love the quotes!

  3. Casey Daniels on June 27, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    I’m still laughing at some of the things that came out of our mouths. What came out of our brains was pure brilliance, just like every year.

  4. Marsha Markham on June 27, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    It’s wonderful to have friends who are on the same page, so to speak, and to bounce ideas back and forth…how long have you done the brainstorming sessions? I’ll check out the authors I’m not familiar with…

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