Today I worked on ideas for a sequel of the YA Swashbuckler I'm going to publish next week. I needed to figure out ways Anna (my rather troublesome heroine) could drag the straight-laced but heroic Marquis into the story.
Here is the value of this kind of pushing ideas. The first eleven were pretty obvious (and may be useful in minor ways) but the 12th was downright inspirational. If I hadn't had a long and hellish day at work, I might have forced myself on to at least 20 ideas. I will probably do another session just on variations on that 12th idea anyway.