Inspiration board, mood board, vision board... There are all sorts of terms for visually putting your thoughts together to manifest an idea. I've been using Pinterest for a while now to apply this concept to my writing (I hear Tumblr is good for this too, but I don't Tumbl). When I start a new project, I create a private board and slowly add visual inspiration to it as the idea grows. Then if my focus blurs or my enthusiasm wanes, I just revisit the pins I collected and I'm back on track. Inspiration can be incredibly fleeting, and this is a great way to reign it in.
Recently I read about an idea called a Novel Aesthetic. Often it's done by published authors to attract new readers to their books. But it's also used for works in progress, as a collection of inspirations as I mentioned above. Readers even do them for their favorite books. You can search the hashtag #novelaesthetics if you'd like to check some out.
I decided to attempt one of my own, for the book I'm currently working on. As I mentioned in my February 17th post, it centers on one woman's life, which begins in the 1930's. I've done a lot of research about many different eras, and gathering visual reference has been invaluable in getting a handle on history.
Here is the novel aesthetic I put together for this project. I hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I enjoyed compiling it!
I want to be clear that none of these images are mine. I’m using them solely as writing inspiration and sharing them with you here so you can get an insight into my writing process. Full credit goes to these sites where the images were found:
coxrare.files.wordpress, doodlemeister.com, koreanwar-educator.org, allposters.com, wisconsinhistory.org, wikipedia.org, madison.com, autoweek.com, magazineart.com, greatbigcanvas.com, the-beatyard.com, rubylane.com, shorpy.com, pinimg.com.