#InspirationBoards

Hi again, Everyone! Marcia popping in from the Land of Sunshine. Lately, I’ve been thinking about creativity, specifically, how much of it is inspiration and how much is perspiration–especially as it pertains to those of us who write.

Being a writer is hard work. We devote countless hours to our craft in hopes that the stories we tell will touch the hearts of our readers. Or make them laugh. Or teach them something new.  But what is it that stirs us to create a certain character who looks or acts in a specific way? Or urges us to show our readers exactly what autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains looks like? And how do we find the inspiration necessary to start our tales, continue the journey with our characters, and arrive at satisfactory–or possibly even happy–endings for our novels? 

 

Obviously, we are each inspired by many different things, but I’d like to talk about one of my favorite and most helpful writing tools: The Inspiration Board. Yes, that’s a thing. (Okay, I made it up as far as I know, but it’s still a thing, at least for the duration of this post. Bear with me.)

 

Have you ever heard anyone say, “A picture is worth a thousand words?” Of course you have, and there’s a reason this expression, or some variation of thereof, is repeated so often. It’s true. A single image can convey so much more than one or two or yes, even a thousand words, and do it more rapidly, as well. After all, even the greatest of writers can’t match the speed of the human imagination, which images can send soaring in mere seconds.

In addition, visuals can trigger very specific ideas, memories, and dreams for each viewer, multiplying their effect even more. How many well-known books have been written thanks to the author’s imagination being stirred by a particular painting or photograph? You have to wonder.  (No, seriously. You have to! It’s the whole point of this post.) 😀

For me, it works like this. When I write, I surround myself with images that keep me focused on where I’m going, who I’m going with, and how we’re going to get there. I’m happiest amid interesting or beautiful photographs and books, anyway, and I always do my best work when I’m happy.

Happy is good.

I write at home at a desk my husband built into a set of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. This means the desktop is enclosed on three sides which I have covered with cork. This may not be an option for some of you, but you could hang a bulletin board on a wall, perhaps, or put a protective piece of glass or plastic on your desktop to slip pictures under. Either of those would work fine to stir your imagination, or remind you who the folks in your book are.

Now, I’m a people person at heart, so I tend to write character-driven books. I’ve found that if I have a clear image of what I think a particular character looks like, it helps me build the personality, strengths, quirks, and hang-ups I want that character to project. If I’m writing about a little boy lost in the wilderness, I find a face that embodies him just the way I imagine, print it out, and tack it to my cork board. Once he’s right there in front of me, it becomes vastly easier to keep his little face in my mind as I write.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that all readers will envision my characters exactly the way I do, but that’s not necessarily important for my Inspiration Board. What is important in my work area is something that helps me remain constant while writing about these people. They need to feel real to me before I can make them seem real to readers, and thanks to the photos on my cork boards, they feel very real to me, indeed.

One of the first things I do when starting a new book or series is go on a hunt for pictures that look the way I imagine my characters do. Movie stars, models, musicians, or ordinary folks—it doesn’t matter. If I find the perfect face, I grab it. It’s kind of like casting a film, so I scroll through pictures until one jumps out at me, and I go, yes!  And if my aforementioned  little boy lost is looking for the man his Gran said would have “eyes like winter skies, an’ hair like a crow’s wing,” then that’s exactly who I pin to my board. From then on, when I’m writing about MacKenzie Cole, he’s posted directly in front of me.

 

 

I print out these pictures from various online magazines and the like and thumbtack them to my bulletin board, so that every time I glance up from my work, all of them are looking back at me.  After that, it’s a matter of Rinse & Repeat, until my cork boards are covered with the characters from my North Carolina series or the ones who live in that little town here in Central Florida. By the way, I do get that this harks back to my teenage years when my bedroom walls were plastered with pictures of Elvis and James Dean (told you I’m OLD!) but even so, it’s been one of my most effective inspirational tools.

 

 

And if one character in my WIP thinks another character looks just like Thor, then you can bet I’ll be pinning up a picture or two of Chris Hemsworth.  (Trust me. Chris is VERY inspiring!) And he helps me keep my physical descriptions constant as I go, too.

 

 

But it isn’t all just pretty faces, you know. I also enjoy putting my readers into the middle of each scene, so they feel like they are standing right beside Rabbit, Mac, or Gunnar Wolfe as events unfold. Therefore, habitat and setting are very important to me, as well. I pin up pictures of everything from log cabins to elegant mountaintop retreats, to historic sites, to wooded glades, waterfalls, sunlit beaches, and island resorts. If it’s a scene in my WIP, it has a place on my Inspiration Board, where it allows me to envision exactly where my characters live, work, and relax.

Pets are included in these pictures, too. I like giving my characters animals to share their lives, because I think their choices in furry or feathered (or scaled!) companions help tell readers a bit more about who they are. Consequently, my Inspiration boards also include photos of red and white tabbies, Norwegian forest cats, dachshunds, Quaker parrots, and Mac’s beloved Irish wolfhound, Rosheen.

Heck, even albino and leucistic reptiles make the cut. Big Blue has been a part of my bulletin board for years now.

 

 

 

Here’s a shot of the board on the left end of my desk. These are the kinds things that make me happy, and that keep my characters in my mind while I work, including ivory-billed woodpeckers and albino rattlesnakes. Naturally, you’d likely have totally different images on a cork board of your own. Write sci-fi? Maybe space ships or high-tech gadgetry, or even ray guns  and aliens. A sketch of a world on another planet could work. Fantasy writer? I’d imagine dragons or wizards or again, a sketch of the world you’re creating.

 

Anything and everything that inspires you to produce your best work is worth pinning to your own cork boards or displaying nearby in some other way. I’m very fond of crows, and several of my favorite books feature them on the covers.  When I found the crow bookends, it seemed only natural to create a display of crows on the shelf directly above my monitor. They make me smile, and though I haven’t included crows in one of my books to date,  I’ve suddenly found myself inspired to do so for some reason.  😀 Go figure. 😀

 

Don’t forget the value of personal photos as inspiration, too.  Family portraits, perhaps? Children and grandkids are always good for a boost in spirit.  Even fresh flowers from the garden can make you smile and provide a spark for your creativity. Be selective with the things you choose to surround your work area. They can make more of a difference than you might imagine.


The bottom line is, I believe if it lifts your spirits, makes you smile, or reminds you of the people and places you’re writing about, it’s all good. And if it should happen that the  heroine of your book thinks the guy she just met is a dead ringer for Thor, I say go with it. A few Vikingly pictures on your Inspiration Board won’t hurt a thing, no matter what my—I mean, YOUR—spouse thinks.


That’s my story, an’ I’m stickin’ to it!

 

 

Now it’s your turn. Do you have an Inspiration Board or something similar of your own? Or perhaps you have other things near your writing spot that inspire your work or stimulate your creativity? Take a moment to tell us about them, because as always, inquiring minds wanna know!

 

Thanks for stopping by today! Don’t forget to check in often to see what the rest of the SE gang  is talking about. And I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with something new to share, too. In the meantime, please stay safe, stay well, and stay home! Here’s wishing each of us all kinds of inspiration as we go forth to write with happy–and thoroughly inspired— hearts.


All images above were created by me or obtained from Pixabay

 

 

 

 

 

62 thoughts on “#InspirationBoards

  1. Love this, Marcia! I like to keep pics of my Muse close at hand to remind me he’ll get on my case if I putter too long. I also like sketching layouts of houses and other areas to keep me straight. My inspiration comes from so many directions, from nature to dragons, so when I finally get a real-life writing office, I have a collection of pics to post (if I have enough wall space 😀 )

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Julie! My Inspiration Board makes me happy, and as I always say, “Happy is good,” no matter what you’re doing. It’s especially good when you are being creative. I love that you are already doing a “modified” version of this. Here’s hoping one of these days, you’ll have a real-life office or other dedicated space so you can set up cork boards all over the place. 😀 And I suspect pictures of your Muse would inspire the heck outta me, that’s for sure! 😀 Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to comment, and Happy Writing! 😀

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  2. I was just talking to a friend whose office space is decorated with print-outs of her book covers, characters, scenes… (All her own amazing drawings.) I have never done that. I so need to do this. And, hey, Chris Hemsworth looks nothing like any of my characters but I may put a photo of him up for no reason in particular. 😉

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    • 😀 I can only tell you that the pictures of Chris have inspired MANY creative ideas, none of which I’d likely add to any of my books. 😀 I’m glad you like this suggestion overall, Sarah. I really do try to find images that look like my characters, as they help me get to “know” them. Plus, the habitat and location images are invaluable for getting me into the scenes. Even without the pics of Chris. (But happily, there’s no law that says he needs to be removed from the board. 😀 )

      Thanks for stopping by, and let me know if you set up anything similar. (No matter who or what you include. 😉 )

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    • Well, of course you do, Darlene! Paris will NOT be ignored, you know. 😀 And you’ll surely have lots and lots of great pictures to choose from, too. Glad you were reminded, and thanks so much for stopping by. Stay safe over there. I keep hearing DIRE things from Spain, and worry about my friends there. Take care!! 🙂 ❤

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  3. An absolutely inspiring post, Marcia…Love your workspace which for me wouldn’t work….I love clear space…I use notebooks and post-it notes…my views from my windows are mango and banana trees which calm and inspire me or I just walk and dream as I put it and then once home I spend 20 minutes getting those thoughts into words…I learnt that at a writers retreat many years ago and it works for me…I may, however, start a virtual folder for characters which your post has inspired me to do…Thank you and stay safe 🙂 x

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    • Thanks, Carol! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, and I’m happy it has inspired you to add something new to your method. A virtual folder is a great idea. Sometimes I save my images in a folder and then set that as a screen saver on my computer, too. That way the various faces and locations are rotating in front of me as additional inspiration. There are lots of ways to use images to spark ideas. I like the idea of your “dreaming walks,” too. Whatever works! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a minute to comment, too. You stay safe, as well, and Happy Easter! 🙂

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    • I’m glad you like the screensaver idea. Sometimes I make a desktop wallpaper with a whole bunch of photos and uses that, as well. Digital images can be wonderful jumping off points. So glad you got a few new ideas! 🙂 ❤

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  5. I love this idea! I write out descriptions for all of my characters. I’ve even mapped out house layouts for my fantasy series. I once tried to compare my characters to certain actors. There are two problems with that. One, I don’t know very many actors’ names. Two, I hate searching the web for anything. It exhausts me. The one character that I envisioned from the very beginning was Ar’ch. He is Ian Somerhaulder (sigh). And that’s it. I couldn’t figure out who my other characters would be if the series were ever turned into a movie.

    I do like the idea, though. I think seeing the pictures would remind me to get to writing instead of wasting time on my computer. I have a new short story I’m looking to write. Maybe I will try this idea for that. My other WIP (Drake’s story) already has most of the characters already created in my mind, so I’m not going to waste time looking for matches, but the new short story’s characters haven’t demanded a certain look for any of them, so all my options are open right now. 😉

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    • I’m glad the idea appeals to you, Yvette. And perhaps I can offer a suggestion. I never look for photos of anyone specific. I just type in something like, “dark-haired model/actor, aged 35 to 40,” or the like. A few basic descriptive things, and hundreds of photos will pop up. Then I just scroll along until I see THE face I want. For Rabbit, I typed “10-year-old boy with dark hair and big blue eyes,” and holy moly! I got tons of them, and sure enough, one worked for me. Much easier than trying to think of a specific actor or model, and then remember his/her name.

      The only one I did differently was for Mac in my first book. When my beta readers read the first 3 chapters. which was all I had written at the time, one of them said, “Mac sounds just like Harry Dresden, and I realized that I had been picturing him exactly the way Dresden looks on his book covers–except without the hat and wizard’s staff, of course. 😀 It only took me a few minutes to find out who the model was, because I am a huge fan of Chris McGrath’s cover art and went right to his site. (He’s been doing the Dresden books from the beginning.) Once I had a name, John Paul Pfeiffer, I had more pictures than you can imagine, and John Paul can look very, very different in them, too. But I easily found several photos that worked for me, and I was set.

      When you get ready to start on your next book, you might want to give my search method a try. If nothing else, you’ll get to browse through some pictures of interesting looking people, and you might just hit on the perfect one. (BTW, nice choice with Ian. 😀 ) Thanks for stopping by!

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    • Thanks, Sally. Glad you enjoyed it, and happy to know you’re inspired by images, too. And funny thing–apparently an astonishing amount of folks find Thor inspiring! Who knew? (Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.) Thanks so much for sharing, too! Lovely to see you drop by. 🙂

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    • Hahaha. Yep. I write books where both male and females can be the main focus, and I want pictures of both. Trouble is, I seem to be pickier when it concerns my lead females. I have trouble finding just the right look. Somehow, the men are easier. The other guy featured in this post is cover model John Paul Pfeiffer, who has graced many a romance novel, and is the model for the Dresden Files books. I knew Mac looked just like him from the very first minute I dreamed up his character, though he isn’t always quite as scruffy as in that particular photo. 😀 And thanks for the kind comment. Someday, I’ll share my inspirations for the Painter Brothers, and for Billy Truitt, from Swamp Ghosts. I struck gold with those fellows. 😀 Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂

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  6. I love your inspiration boards, Marcia, and of course anything with Chris Hemsworth is worth gazing at.
    I don’t have boards with characters, but my office is stuffed with pictures of horses (mostly my own) and dragons (I wish). I can gaze at them and just be inspired by their beauty, without them being anything to do with what I’m writing at the time.
    Funnily enough, for a fantasy author, I don’t have any dragons in my books. Yet…

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    • Glad you enjoyed the post, Debby! And you are very right about Chris Hemsworth. Funny thing. Once Maggie told me that Gunnar Wolfe looked just like Thor, Chris’s pictures somehow quadrupled in number overnight! For a few weeks, he definitely dominated my cork boards. But, eventually, I moved on in my stories, and those pics were swapped out (mostly) for other folks and critters. 😀

      Dragons are inspiring for me, too. I do love looking at them, and if my work area were slightly larger, I’d probably have some pinned up, too, even though I don’t write fantasy. They are such fun! Well, if you don’t mind that some of them are into the burning of villages and such. 😀

      Thanks for stopping by! And I suspect any time YOU need extra inspiration, you can just look out your window. I’m still in awe of some of the pictures you’ve shared. 🙂

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  7. Inspiring as always, Marcia! I use what I call “Story Boards” when writing and designing children’s picture books–they’re mock ups for design and layout. HOWEVER, I have my own idea files and photos in real-time (on, in and around my desk) and virtual (Pending folders and photos on my laptop) forms. Love your story boards and your work space! 🙂 xo

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    • Thanks, Bette! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and seeing how I do it. I can certainly understand using story boards for children’s books, as the images and layouts are essential to it working well. Glad you use all sorts of images to keep you inspired. They certainly help me, as you could probably see. 😀 Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  8. It is interesting how we are all wired differently, Marcia. I don’t have a storyboard and would never have one. With prompt posts that use a picture and a word, I will invariable write to the word and ignore the picture. I listen to audio books to appreciate language especially beautifully written books like The Great Gatsby. Sometimes when I write a difficult scene, I might consult a book where the author has written about something that could correlate to my scene to gain inspiration. I am definitely auditory and not visual.

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    • According to tests, I’m 50/50 visual and auditory, which they say isn’t all that common. I don’t know for sure if that’s so, but I do learn just as well from words as I do from pictures. However, when I haven’t yet written the words, pictures help me do so. Yep. We are each unique in our approach, but at the same time, learn from one another. I decided to share my main source of inspiration in case there were others it would appeal to, but since you have a system that works for you, you’re set. As we say down here, if it ain’t broke, don’t FIX it. 😀 You are a super creative lady, Robbie, and what you’re doing is exactly right for you. 🙂

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  9. Your inspiration boards are so cool, Marcia. I don’t have boards posted in my office, but I do save photos to folders on my computer for each story I write. I used to print them out and put them in my Story Bible binder for whatever project I was working on at the time, but my printer hasn’t cooperated in talking to my computer for a long time, and I’ve yet to resolve the issue. The computer folders have been working pretty good for me. I save character images, settings, locales, houses, even rooms and furnishings. It’s all great stuff and handy when working on a project.
    If I had the time, I’d use Pinterest too, creating boards for each book, but I’ve yet to whittle out those hours. In any event, I loved your post today!

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    • Thanks, Mae! I love having mine and they work to perfection for me, but we are all so different. If I’d put mine in a binder, it would end up covered with dust, as I’d forget to open it. (Doh!) With them pinned up around me, I say good morning to each character as soon as I sit down, and see them again every time I look up. But there’s no wrong way to become inspired. What works, works! 😀 Sorry about your printer, though. That’s inconvenient for lots of reasons. In the meantime, I’m glad you enjoyed seeing what works for me, and whatever YOU are doing, don’t stop, because it obviously works very well for you! 🙂

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  10. The idea of images inspiring us and keeping us moving forward with our stories, I think is a very powerful tool. It reminds me of Craig’s Pinterest boards. It’s much the same concept, only digital instead of physical copies. I have lots of inspirational sayings around my computer, a picture of my power animal (A mountain lion) and Archangel Metatron. They all keep me inspired and creative! Thank you so much for sharing your space with us, Marcia. The flowers are a nice touch!

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    • You’re welcome, Jan. I love having my characters right in front of me as I work, and their part of the world pinned next to them. And yes, we were discussing Craig’s Pinterest boards, too. A virtual cork board works just as well, especially if space for a real one is limited. I like the idea of power animals, angels, etc. If they empower you and inspire you, great! That’s what it’s all about. 🙂 And the flowers were from my rose garden BEFORE Hurricane Irma smashed our garage and gardens to the ground. 😦 Three years later, and we still don’t have the garden back in shape. It had taken me 14 years to get it that way, and I don’t have nearly as much time and energy now as I did then. But we’re slowly working on it. I loved having fresh flowers for my desk every day, for sure. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by today! 🙂

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  11. I’ve printed out pictures of most of my characters from canstock.com, but they never match how I “see” those characters in my head, so I don’t look at them often. I just print them to remind myself of the basics–hair color, eyes, etc. I do post pictures on Pinterest, though, (got that idea from Craig) for the houses and rooms Jazzi and crew renovate. It really helps me describe them better. Having your boards surround your work area is a great idea. My desk is built into bookshelves, like yours, but my walls are covered with reminders and story ideas. Not as inspirational:)

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    • We are each inspired differently, Judi, and if you only need pics for basics, that’s fine, too. Whatever works for you. I really enjoy finding the perfect match for what I’m picturing, so that’s part of the fun for me. And I’ll look for you on Pinterest, too, as I do plan to get active there again. Haven’t done anything there for several years, and it’s time to take advantage again.

      Reminders and story ideas are great, too. I just keep those in a folder on my computer, and use my cork boards for pictures. Again, whatever works! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  12. I don’t have an inspiration board, but I do have a file for my characters for my WIPs. I know how I want them to look and go searching. I do have dual monitors in my office, if I choose to work there, so one side has my pictures up and the other my WIP.

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    • A virtual Inspiration Board works just as well as a real one, Michele. Sometimes, I use my PaintShopPro program to create a desktop wallpaper filled with my pictures, too, so I have that greet me as soon as I turn on my monitor. Whatever works to help you create your characters! It’s all good! 🙂 I’m just lucky that I have the perfect setup for my desk area, and loads of floor to ceiling bookshelves for other little vignettes that make me happy or inspire me. Or both. 🙂

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    Good Morning, Folks! It’s my turn at Story Empire today, and I do hope you’ll check out my post on Inspiration Boards. It’s something I really enjoy doing, and maybe you’d like to give them a try, too. Hope you’ll stop by, and will pass the post along to others, too. THANKS!

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  14. I love this post, and think it would work well. My writing space isn’t a dedicated space, so I can’t decorate it. I have a board on Pinterest for each book or series these days. It’s amazing how much it helps when writing. Because they are public boards, others can enjoy them, too. It’s handy when you need to describe the Temple of Wind, or a cyberpunk street scene.

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    • Thanks so much, Craig! I’m glad you enjoyed the post, and hey, virtual cork boards work well, too. After all, in a situation where you don’t have a desk area set up, you can’t very well “decorate” it. 😀 I think your idea of using Pinterest for your inspirational images is a great one, and I plan to get back to my long-neglected boards over there, myself. (YOU have inspired me! Now to find the time to start sprucing up my writing boards and dumping some ancient ones I don’t need to mess with anymore.) And as you say, the bonus with having inspirational pics on Pinterest is that others can enjoy them, AND perhaps seek out your books, as a result of the intriguing photos! Yep. I gonna start updating mine SOON! 🙂

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  15. I never used to “cast” my fiction because the characters in my head don’t look like any actor or model I’ve ever seen. I used to write out descriptions for them, which I found time-consuming and rather pointless. In my latest series, I cast each one of them. It saved me a ton of time. I just picture (or look at a picture of) an actor, and I know exactly what I need to say to get my point across to the reader. And I might not ever physically describe them, but I just KNOW now. It takes a little of my freedom away because I can no longer visualize them the way they were conceived. And if my work ever gets made into a movie or show, I’m sure I’ll have to make a massive mental adjustment (go ahead and laugh at that, but I’ve decided to dream big), but it saves me SO MUCH TIME this way.

    I don’t have pics on my wall, but I do have them saved in online boards or files. I am considering a cork board for my office, though. I’ve been thinking about it for years. Now might be the time.

    Great post, Marcia.

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Staci! And that you’ve already been using a version of the idea for your work. Yep. It saves time, but of course, it’s better if it actually looks the way you imagine your character. I’ve had trouble finding Jake, Dodger, and Azrael from the Emissary series, but I haven’t given up. Well–I suspect Azrael will be a wash, because I don’t know of any actors with pale hair, “glowy” blue eyes, and “honkin’ huge white wings,” as Dodger would say. 😀 But Maggie declares that Gunn looks like Thor in the very beginning of Swamp Ghosts, so I didn’t have to search very hard at all for his inspirational photos. 😀 And thinking of it like casting a movie is a good way to go about it, too. I usually know just who I’d like to play the characters. But I’d never want to let Hollywood near it. That’s not a goal of mine, even though Mark insists that if they ever come calling, I WILL accept an offer. (I won’t. I’d have nightmares of Tom Cruise being cast as my Vikingly Gunnar Wolfe! 😀 😀 😀 ) But dream big, for sure! And your dreams are one of few things in life that are totally your own. I hope yours come true someday! 🙂 ❤

      Yep! Now is the time! Set up that board and surround yourself with just the right faces for your work, and just the right backgrounds for each scene. I bet you’ll love it! 🙂

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      • I’d love to have my work produced. And I already know casting will disappoint me because I almost never agree with casting decisions these days. Whole shows and movies have been ruined for me because of bad casting. That’s a job I’d love: casting director.

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    • Thanks, Joan! Your gorgeous photos would be extremely inspirational! They create mood, and remind you of the beauty that surrounds us every day. Plus, some of them could be directly related to settings in your books, depending on what you’re writing about. Especially sunsets and sunrises, or the sky at night. Things that might factor into various scenes. I say find a way to keep them around you and see if they don’t take you off on flights of fancy now and then. Besides–they’re just, plain PURTY! 😀

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  16. I love your board and shelves, Marcia. Thanks for an inspiring post. It works best for me to keep my images in a folder rather than printing them out and pinning them up. I’ll often open up one or another as I write so that I can keep looking at it. Another thing that helps my creative process is to make my book cover early on and then look at that from time to time … might be a bit weird but it keeps me inspired 🙂

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    • Thanks, Harmony! Honestly, my Inspiration Board makes me smile the minute I sit down at the desk, and it most definitely keeps me “in the zone.” Even if I didn’t have an physical cork board, I’d still find pictures for my characters, and open them as you do, when I was “chatting” with one or the other of them. And I don’t think having your cover early on is weird at all. Whatever works to keep you inspired and eager to write is what counts, and that’s likely very different from writer to writer. But visuals are always a good thing to add to the mix, I think, whether you pin them up around your work space or open them in a folder on your computer, and a book cover represents the goal line, too, which is one more way to encourage your writing. 🙂

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Jaye, and it’s nice to know you are already using this technique for inspiration. And fresh images now and then are a must. If you’re anything like me, your eye quits registering things that stay the same for too long. I change my desktop area frequently, and with each new book, too, making sure that the faces around me belong to the characters I’m writing about. And of course, when I start a book with brand new characters, I go a new hunt for their pictures, too. Have fun freshening up yours! 🙂

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    • I’m a big believer in motivational quotes and affirmations, too, Newtan. I pin them up directly above my monitor from time to time, or make screensavers/wallpapers with them. I think that’s an excellent way to inspire your work and other aspects of your daily life. Thanks for reminding me that I need a new one, too. Something to help me stay positive in these trying and stressful times. 🙂

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  17. I love your inspiration board, Marcia:) I have to agree about Chris. I surround myself with things I like, but never thought to put up pics of characters or things from my WIP. Good idea!

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    • Thanks, Denise! I’m so glad you enjoyed seeing my Inspiration Board. Surrounding yourself with things you like is a great way to stay upbeat and inspired, but adding a spot for pictures of your characters and settings just might make it even more inspirational for you. If you give it a try, please let me know how it goes. (I’d be very sad without mine, I know.) And about Chris. Ahem. He’s only up there when my character Gunnar Wolfe factors into my story line. Honest. 😀 But he inspired the heck outta me in my first Riverbend book, and still pops up in the series often enough to warrant at least one picture of him next to the pictures of the Painter Brothers. Oh, and I do post pics of my female characters too, when I can find them, but for some reason, I’ve had trouble finding gals who look the way I pictured them, with the exceptions of Maggie Devlin and Willow. (Maggie’s the redhead to the right of my computer screen in the first desktop photo.)

      Truthfully, there are as many pictures of locations and habitats as there are people, because those show up in every scene, to one extent or another. And I’m partial to pictures of the North Carolina mountains, anyway, so it’s always a pleasure to surround myself with plenty of those. Thanks for stopping by today! 🙂

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