In response to Debbie’s question in the Comments section–yes, at the beginning of any writing project, there is a lot of brainstorming and notetaking.
I’ve tried plenty of brainstorming techniques–clustering, etc.–but the one that works best for me is one called “The List of 20”. Years ago, when Debbie Macomber and I attended a motivational seminar in Tacoma (I lived in Port Orchard then), we heard Zig Ziglar and Brian Tracy speak, along with several other people, who have now faded from memory. Tracy explained the list of 20, and both Debbie and I adopted it. I’ve been using it… Read More »