- Detail: There are no parents on the planet
- Question: Where do kids come from?
- Answer: They spew out of volcanoes once a year.
- Question: But where do they get born?
- Answer: They don't get born; they were created at the beginning of time, like rocks.
- Pick a character you're struggling with and brainstorm a list of details about him/her.
- Give the character a problem.
- Work out a solution -- but answer the "why," too.
- The nugget of truth rests within the why.
Unconsciously: You can always tuck the plot away for a moment and dream about it; or try the Lewis Carroll method; or undergo hypnosis. Flippancy aside, some of my best ideas surface when I'm not thinking about plot or character development or even my WIP. The trick, of course, is catching those fleeting thoughts before they circle the drain and disappear in a herd of soap bubbles.
Revision is more than editing or changing a word here and there. It is re-visioning. To re-see. Or to re-think. Or to look at with new eyes. How do you revise? What methods do you employ? What helps you get through that seventh rewrite?