Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Artsy Writing

(Visual) Art and writing are interconnected, I think. 

Sometimes I try to sketch my characters. Sometimes I draw maps of the world. I almost always make Pinspiration boards on Pinterest. But I've never made an actual inspiration/positivity/vision board before. 

After talking with my CPs about staying positive through the ups and downs of writing and where they find inspiration, I thought it would be fun to make an inspirational collage/vision board for my current manuscript and writing as a way to stay positive. 

Here is the (almost) final product:

I clipped pictures and phrases out of magazines, printed out quotes I found online, and even sketched/wrote things myself. 

Here are some close ups and explanations:

"Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure."

I think that's the perfect quote for writing and querying. It's so hard to stay positive all the time, but a good attitude can make all the difference.

"Hope, but never expect. Look forward, but never wait."

This quote reminds me of something my friend once told me, "Go into something with positive intention, not expectation." Intention and expectation sound similar, but I think with intention you're putting your positivity out into the universe, not expecting something in return. 

"Make it simple, but significant." 

This reminds me of my awesome Pitch Wars mentor Jessie Devine. I was trying too hard with my prose, attempting to make it "fancier" than it needed to be. He taught me how to simplify it. I ended up cutting over 5k of filler from THE TREASURE HUNT with his help.

I found this four-leaf clover in my yard. Obviously, I thought a little good luck wouldn't hurt! :)
(And that picture of Dylan O'Brien is how I imagine my MC's personality—well, more like his character's personality on Teen Wolf!)

This musical-looking sketch represents my first Pitch Wars team: Team PPU. When the lovely Stephanie Garber picked me as her second alternate in 2013, it was my first writing-related ego boost. It was huge for me. (Thanks, Stephanie! <3) 

My teammates, Julie Dao and Katie Bucklein, are two of my closest writer friends. We've been through so much together, so I wanted to give Team PPU, as a whole, positive vibes! The anchor represents Katie's PW book, the music represents Julie's, and the stars represent mine. 

What do you do when you're brainstorming/writing/editing a manuscript? Do you sketch your characters? Make collages? Draw maps? Make vision boards?

If you'd like to be tagged in an Artsy Writing blog tour, let me know in the comments!


  1. Wow! That is SUCH a good idea! I never think to check out my Pinterest boards for projects like this -- or to check back later for inspiration -- but I do love this idea! It's good timing, too, since I FINALLY have my own writing nook set up, and would love to decorate it a little more. By the way, Jennifer Crusie also does inspiration pieces for all of her books. She has some pictures on her blog. They are fabulous -- so intricate and beautiful and artistic.

    1. Thanks! :D

      And thanks for the suggestion—I'll have to check out Jennifer Cruise!

  2. Oi, I still need to do this! I have so many pictures/quotes saved--it's just getting around to doing it that's the problem.

    Team PPU is one of the most wonderful things to happen in my life, and that picture that represents us...Dude, you're making me feel weepy. I'll have you know I now have that picture saved on my laptop and intend to pull it up whenever I need a reminder just how wonderful you and Julie are.

    I love you bunches, my metalhead. <3

    1. PPU is the best thing ever for me too!!!!! <333333 Love you bunches too, my demon pirate! :D

  3. I LOVE the "What if" game. =) Nothing like it to get the creative juices pumping. I used to draw characters...back when I didn't have kids and laundry and dishes... These days I have really intense pondering sessions (usually in the shower because I can never find a quite moment elsewhere) and envision a scene, a mood, or a story pieces as I would watch a movie. I'll write the entire scene in my head, then tuck it away until I can get to a computer. Lovely times.

    1. The shower is a great place for ideas! I also get ideas/figure out plot issues while driving.