In the comments on my post, storming the brain, Dawn asked:
Sorry this comment is long, but how do I find authors to brainstorm
with? I get stuck often. Surely in this age of Internet there is an
Internet group of writers that like to brainstorm? any links or ideas?
There is no easy answer to this. It takes time. You need to develop a level of trust with the other writers involved in order to do this well. Writers are an insecure lot. We need others who understand how our brains work. We can be temperamental and fussy. [As an aside, a wonderful editor I know has said, "I didn’t need to have children. I have authors." Too true.] Anyway, you don’t want to share your heart and soul with just anyone. So you meet people and you get to know them and then you see if the fit is right.
I sometimes brainstorm with a couple of writer friends who live in other states using Instant Messaging, but I’m not sure we would do this or that it would work as well if we hadn’t already done face-to-face brainstorming in the past.
The best place to start your search is to join American Christian Fiction Writers. They have all kinds of forums and groups that operate almost exclusively via the Internet and email. They put on a fabulous conference every September. This year it’s in Nashville. Editors from nearly every CBA publisher who publish fiction attend this conference. I highly recommend it.
You should also check to see if there is a novelist group that meets in your city or somewhere nearby. Romance Writers of America has many chapters across the country. While most of the writers write secular romance fiction rather than faith-based fiction, it is still a great place for learning many of the basics.
I hope this will help you connect with other writers and eventually find the right brainstorming partner(s).