Yesterday I woke at 6 am with the thought I needed magazine pictures for my storyboarding process. While the coffee perked I was out in the driveway in my robe, digging in the recycle bin. Fortunately the bag full of magazines was within reach, barely. I didn’t have to climb in. A neighbor was walking his dog on the street. I’m sure he’ll be too polite to mention if he saw me, at least to me.
As I settled on the couch, with a cup of coffee and scissors, I despaired. They were writer magazines, full of text and a few years old so mainly black and white. My fiction style is light contemporary romance with a touch of adventure in boats & aircraft. My characters have esoteric or mythological interests that flavor their speech. What pictures could I find to inspire me from writer mags? Oh well, couldn’t hurt to look.
I hit pay dirt in The Writer, I was in a flurry of cutting faces and graphics. Author pictures are great because authors have a certain flair to their persona, intelligent expressions, and often a smirk. Oh yeah, I could populate books with these faces. Suddenly a few pictures shouted, “Here I am!” OMG! I know these characters – from the story yet to be written – can’t remember all the names – I’ll check my notes. Maybe I’ll change names. In the beginning, everything is only the spark of an idea!
Enthusiasm has bloomed, creativity sparked! It feels good.