Blogger didn’t feel well this morning, so I’m hoping this post will eventually be up today!
I know we’ve all talking about outlining and plotting and using music to keep us in the story. Have any of you actually use pictures – drawn out, live photographs or pictures from a magazine. I haven’t done this in a long time, but when I was first starting to write, I took a huge piece of poster board and cut out people from magazine who I felt represented my characters. Then I made notes about them around their picture. I also found pictures of items they might have in their house, or their hobbies, etc… It worked great to keep me motivated and to remind me of key things I wouldn’t want to forget.
For my latest YA, which has a lot of fantasy elements in it, I’ve actually draw free hand pieces of my world and written all around it exactly what this particular item does, or what’s inside it, etc.. just to remind me because it’s just that cool. Sometimes I wish I were a little more creative on the computer so I could bring my hand drawings to life in a real live picture. But alas, I’m not. Nor do I have the proper software, so I guess I will leave it to a professional someday when they buy the book!
Now, I’ve also gotten into the fun habit, when I have time to play around and fantasize, of looking up celebrities who I would want to play my characters if my story was ever made into a movie. Now THAT is much more fun than cutting pictures from a magazine! And sometimes, to my disappointment, my favorite celebs just don’t fit the bill with my characters. (sigh) Which makes me wonder if I don’t need to find a story to fit THEM! (ha!)
Using a musical playlist helps keep the plot alive in my head, and having a visual imagery of my settings and characters helps keep the rest of the story to life for me.
What things have you done to bring your story to life?