This is what I look like when I write.
Seriously. I am black and white. I have several pencils, as well as hands. My tongue sticks out and I perspire like crazy!
One of my favorite little tricks when brainstorming and plotting is the Provost Sentence. I first came across it in Rubie's How to Tell a Story. It helps me with my structure. It helps me to make sure that I have a story worth fleshing out.
Here she blows:
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Once upon a time, something happened to someone, and he decided that he would pursue goal. So he devised a plan of action, and even though there were forces trying to stop him, he moved forward because there was a lot at stake. And just as things seemed as bad as they could get, he learned an important lesson, and when offered the prize he had sought so strenuously, he head to decide whether or not to take it, and in making that decision he satisfied a need that had been created by something in his past.
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Jim Butcher has his own sentence (I think he stole from a class at some time) which creates a story question.
P.S. Butcher's Dresden Files are free on Hulu right now. I love these. Purely food for the imagination.