July 8, 2013

Monday Pep Rally: Visual Writers

If you'll recall, we've changed up our format a little bit for these posts. Because we've all gotten so used to getting our thoughts down in 140 characters, we're taking the discussion to twitter! Every Monday, we'll be talking about our Pep Rally question on twitter and we'd love you to join in. Just keep an eye out for the #MisfitPepRally hashtag! 

I know most of us Misfits rely heavily on playlists when we're drafting/editing our manuscripts (Yay Band Geek Thursday!). But I have an obsession that actually gets me through drafting even more than music. You see I'm a visual writer, so the biggest thing that helps me is finding images and artwork that help me get in the mood of a story.

I used to just keep a folder on my computer with digital images I found while searching, but now that there's Pinterest to create boards for each book, I store a lot of my images there. (If you're curious about my board for Ultraviolet Catastrophe, it's here).  I pull together things that remind me of my characters, setting, even images of the characters themselves. I don't look at them all the time, but if I'm ever feeling stuck, a quick look through can help.

I also use the cork board in Scrivener to store the most important images, like characters and setting while I'm drafting.

What about you guys? As readers, do you think it's interesting to see the images used in creating a story? What you writers? Do you pull images together for your books too?


Sarah Hipple said...

I never got into Pinterest, but now you made me want to start an account. And also to read UV Catastrophe.

I can't write with music, but I can spend hours surfing Google images, looking for the right inspiration. And I can get completely stuck until I understand what I want. I spent over an hour last night trying to figure out how old-school TV would be broadcast - with dishes or towers? Or something else? And what an impressive TV station run by an evil overlord type would look like. And I absolutely could not move on until I had some ideas pieced together.

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