Tuesday, September 13, 2011

WIP Collections

I very clearly remember sitting a a computer back in high school, reading an article about the Industrial Revolution for my Sophomore history class, and thinking "Holy crap, research sucks."

The only thing that could get me to even attempt it, was the threat of failing a required class.

Researching for a novel, now THAT'S a different story! Instead of drilling dates into my brain, I get to Google the best ways to treat severe burns, spices in Italian sausage, videos of cars flipping down the road, how to say things like "no way" "huh?" and "bite me" in various languages, getting away with murder, the impact of a car on a body, mythology, phases of the moon, tide charts, medical procedures, locations in London in the 1800's, I mean, the list is endless.

But by far, my favorite part of research is the image search!

I love skimming through the internet and finding pictures of things that I can imagine in my book. I make a folder on my desktop titled whatever I'm calling my WIP and just keep popping things in there.

What's in my Wolfy Love Story folder?

This:















And this:















And this:















And this:





















And this:













And this:
















And lastly:













What kinds of things do you collect for inspiration?

:-)

7 comments:

  1. Like you, I usually collect photos for inspiration. I have a separate folder for every single WIP or SNI. We Heart It is one of my favorite sites for photos. :)

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  2. Hi Megan! I love, love, love finding out new things whether I'm researching for my novels or not - it's exhilarating! There's just something incredible in discovering things you never knew about and then it's even more heady to include them in your story! What a great post! Thanks!

    I'm a fellow campaigner - I'm not in your groups, but I wanted the fun of getting to know more writers. It's so great to meet you! And I love the chair at the top of your blog that says. "Sit & Stay Awhile"!

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  3. I was just going to write a post about this today. Too funny. For my latest WIP I have been spending hours on research and sometimes I come up empty handed and it kind of stinks but when you finally find the answers it's an awesome feeling of accomplishment. I also look at pictures to get ideas and sometimes save them. I love that you save them in folders I might start doing that. The only other thing I collect for inspiration is quotes. Sometimes I can come up with an entire concept for a story based off of a single quote.

    By the way, I love your collection of pictures. Just looking at them makes me want to read what you create from them.

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  4. That's a great idea, Megan. I did something similar with family photographs as I was doing some memoir writing - I literally inserted the images into the text where they applied and used them as references and extra memory triggers. I eventually removed them, and have gone through the writing with a fine-toothed comb to be sure it stands on its own without the pictures, but I found it helped me a ton.

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  5. Very cool. We're of like minds. I love doing image searches for my WIPs. I even created a fake book cover. lol. Never posted it on my blog though. It was just me wasting time when I should have been writing.
    I think it is a great way to help the worlds we create come to life.

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  6. I love visual inspiration! I have folders for each character, for important clothes and accessories, locations, ect. I also collect music. Any project has it's own playlist. My current WIP has 371 songs. Yikes! I need to start a new project soon!

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  7. I collect postcards, either from people sending them to me or buying them myself from where ever I travel to.

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