Monday, July 7, 2014
Mood Board Monday
This is my mood board.
It's got a bit of this, a little of that, all manner of bits and bobs. Kind of like my brain.
I enjoy looking at pretty things: scenery, pattern, lovely occasions. I collect dishes and fabric; I dream of owning an old Land Cruiser.
Sometimes my characters pop up in the collages I make. Most times, they are simply reflections of the things that interest me. The things I love.
This weekend I was walking through a book store when - WHAM! - a word came to me and it brought a new perspective to an old story idea. I actually read a book title wrong and, through that, uncovered the main theme of my own story.
That word is not on this mood board BUT it will be on the one I create for the particular character it conjures. The idea of creating mood boards for my stories and characters excites me. We keep our characters internalized until we put them on paper or screen. Then it's not until someone else reads our words that our characters have a chance to live in someone else's reality. But what if I could draw them out into the open, see them, or some aspect of them, while I'm writing?
The possibilities are endless! I also collect magazines and I'm (slightly) addicted to Pinterest. The danger here is that I enjoy creating mood boards so much that I have a room full of really fancy wallpaper and not a page written. But that's the risk I take indulging in my love affair of pretty pictures and woolgathering.
I'll set a timer. I promise ;)
Have you ever created a mood board or a collage for a character or story? Would you try? Are you, Pinterest, and a rainy afternoon a dangerous combination? I'm thinking of starting a Pinterest-Lovers-Anonymous. Care to join?