Whether you work better in silence, with background noise, or somewhere in the middle, what helps your characters and books come to life?
In my previous blog post, I talked about being productive and how I hope to write a full outline before writing the whole book, so, to do this, here’s my plan; to listen, create, and observe!
Listen: I’m not one who can work in silence, though, I’m not one who can work with a lot of noise or distractions, either. This led me to start a Spotify playlist for my WIP. With this specific storyline, I’m finding songs–old and new–that go along with the beginning, middle, and end of the book. Have I heard many of these songs over and over? Yes, but that’s the point because I see it’s helping dig a little deeper into my characters’ lives, where I’m pulling them out of their shells and making them shine–even when they’re in misery.
Create: Who doesn’t love Pinterest? A lot of us create all kind of boards, so why not create a board for your book? I’ve found pictures of actors/actresses/locations/etc. that have helped me visually see an image, which helps me write better, (for those of you who need help on with description, I highly recommend creating a board like this, too). My only advice is that you don’t ponder over your board for a lengthy amount of time and that you remember it’s there for you to use as a tool, not to gawk at what you want your next home to look like. Writing is key!
Observe: Some might be shocked to know this, but I’m a very shy person–I’m an observer. From a night out with friends, watching how characters act on TV, to people at the grocery store, my eyes always aware of what’s around me, constantly taking in what’s around me. If you’re not like me and are a talker, I challenge you to five days of just observing. Now, I’m not saying to ignore your friends, but if you go out with them, watch their movements, hear the sound of their voice, look into their eyes, and try to put yourself in their shoes. Who knows, your character might be a combination of you and your best friend!
What helps your books come to life?