marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,
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storming stones

The point of brainstorming is to unleash the creative part by keeping the critical part from damming the process.  No need to have it hang around criticizing things as cliches or too facile. Trying to generate a hundred ideas means you will run out of the cliches.

Easier said than done.

I did manage to slap down on the list a stone can cause flight, even with the critic observing that I would not, in all probability want to use so metaphorically unsuitable for a stone to do.

But it still managed to steer me down the channel of what sorts of powers are metaphorically suitable for a stone.  Impervious, of course.  Duration, of course -- and why would you need something so crude as an ice stone to preserve your food when you could use a duration stone? -- unless, perhaps, you were poor as dirt.

And it managed to glean other deductions about the limits of stones.  They can't transform things.  They can't create things from a void.  Many of them need to properly situated to work.  If you have an opening stone, you need to set it in the haft of a key, to do it job.

And a flight stone, perhaps, can be discerned by holding the crystalline stone to the light and seeing the form of wings inside its half-clear, half-cloudy heart. . . . muses sometimes are thrilled by challenges
Tags: cliches, idea development, metaphor, world-building: magic (objects)
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