Hi everyone! To make up for lack of posts this past weekend, I have a few posts planned back to back. With any luck, my Internet connection will allow them to go through!
In this post, I will share some ideas on how to gain inspiration. Though each idea could be placed into its own post, I use everything at the same time, and each post would be really short.
First, I’ve already shared this one in a previous post. Pinterest. You can make as many boards as you’d like. You could have one board for the inspiring images for all your stories, or you could have multiple boards, one for each story or world you plan to write about.
On the I-Pad, there is an app called “Mental Class” where you can create virtual index cards that allows you to put images onto the front so you can see at a glance what is on the card. More on this in another post where I’ll go into more detail.
“Corkulous” is another I-Pad app where you can “pin” images, index cards and more on a virtual corkboard. This app allows you to type up notes, make labels and more. I believe I had a post about this app before, but I will go back and double check.
One more app I have gone over for the I-Pad is called “A Novel Idea”. This app allows you to write down your ideas in templates for characters, scenes, novels and more. You can also type up whole scenes which you can type over in your manuscript.
Here is an idea I got the year I got my first computer and began typing a story. I got a spiral notebook and used images that I cut out from magazines and catalogs that inspired my story. I even used the salespapers from the local paper to find faces of people who were easy to remember. Have you seen someobdy in one of these formats that you thought would work as a character in your story? Go ahead and cut them out! I did this and then used Scotch tape to tape the edges to the paper within the notebook. I’m going to go back over with clear packaging tape to further protect the images, even though they still look great after 15 years!