Jason Sizemore, editor in chief of Apex Science Fiction & Horror Digest invited me to participate as a Guest Blogger on his site. How could I say no to such a neat offer? Of, course I accepted. After two weeks of stewing and brewing up an idea, I decided to do an short piece called,Think Outside the Box. I based it on the large volume of submissions we receive at AlienSkin Magazine that are rejected because the stories are so predictable and lacking in depth. It’s good advice and often, as writers, we get so caught up in getting our story down as fast as we can, we forget to allot time to brainstorm the idea completely. Without brainstorming an idea may be under-developed, and the resulting story can end up being one-dimensional. The same can be true with our characters, if we do not take the time to really delve into ‘who they are’ and not ‘who we want them to be’. By Thinking Outside the Box, and by brainstorming our ideas and characters, we as writers will produce more exciting, and believable stories.