Posted by: Judy | July 12, 2013

False choices…

Do not be deceived by false choices. Narcissists love offering false choices. If you see a false choice being offered, run away. It’s a trap.

On the other side of this: Writers delve into false choices. A lot. It’s called brainstorming.

The purpose of brainstorming is to explore every possible option, no matter how absurd or impossible. When brainstorming, it is understood, in advance, some of the choices will be discarded out of hand. The purpose of throwing them out there is to put it on the table and maybe it will inspire a workable idea, preferably a brilliant, workable idea. Sometimes, it’s just trash cluttering your head.

Brainstorming = brain dump.

I had an idea for one of my heroes, involving time travel. I don’t write time travel. I haven’t trashed the material I’ve written. Instead, I think I may create a short, fun, free read of “what might have been” or as my tag line for my Regency series suggested, “What if?”


  1. That sounds fun!

    • πŸ™‚

  2. I call false choices worm choices, since they are usually covering a hook. I like that you differentiate between false choices and brainstorming. Thanks.

    • Worm choices ~ good choice! πŸ™‚

  3. I love how you challenge ideas that have been ingrained into me from corporate america. Love the brainstorming = brain dump. That made my day.

    • LOL! Oh, yes, I remember brainstorming sessions in corporate America, too. The problem there was that it was really more of a “guess what I’m thinking” more often than not. I’ve seen it in small writers’ groups as well. Taught me I need to choose my brainstorming buddies carefully. πŸ™‚

      • good point; trust is important in brainstorming πŸ™‚

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