I love brainstorming sessions. I have them with my kids, my sisters, strangers... From brainstorming what a character looks like to how to kill 'em off. From cover design to fonts. Anything and everything is possible in brainstorming, one things leads to another, and I get hyped to finally write it.
Here are some tips to having a great brainstorming session:
1. No paper and pencils. If you can record it fine. Only jot notes when you think you've got something.
2. Keep the group small and relevant. No more than five people and relevant, um, don't ask your seventy-year-old mom for ideas on how to murder someone. Unless, of course, she just rolls that way. =)
3. Focus on one or two things during a brainstorming session: characters, plot, setting, scene design, what if questions, etc. If you leave it open it can get overwhelming.
4. Have fun.
What's your take on brainstorming sessions?