I like the discovery process. For me it is a magical time of getting to know my characters. I go to Michael's or The Dollar Store and just wander around to see if anything calls to me.
I start with a blank board and shelf.
Then I put a collage together of my characters and things that they might like. The bulletin board sits just over my desk.
For one story I put together a scrap book. Since it was in the summer I wanted to have something portable so I could write at the park or in the backyard and have all the info at my finger tips.
The beauty of the discovery process is that you never know what might jump out at you. When I was wandering through Michael's one day I realized that my story would have a cat in it.
This is Spot the stripped cat.
What's the strangest thing discovery offered to you?