Someone gave me this idea on the NaNoWriMo group on Facebook, and I have to admit that I think it’s a great idea. Basically, before you start a project you collect a bunch of pictures related to the story that you can look back on and be inspired by. I started one for my NaNoWriMo novel. Here are some examples.
I was just looking up castles and found this and decided it was perfect. Half the story takes place in a castle, and I love the idea of a castle on the river.
I was just looking up random things when I found this. It created a whole new scene that will fit perfectly in my book (and yes, that’s a dead butterfly).
Now, I don’t find pictures of characters that look just like them. Wild is dainty with pale skin and black hair, but I imagine that this is how mischievous she would look sneaking around the castle.
I’m so glad I found this. One of the characters is a crazy warrior who leads a band of mercenaries with her husband and she is just fearless and fierce and this picture is really perfect to describe her.
Try something similar before starting a big project and see if it helps! I need to look up more pictures now relating to the weather or the seasons so I can be more inspired when I look at them.
(I found all of these pictures on DeviantArt, none of them are mine.)