Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Visual Outlines

When I write a book I have my own process that works for me. I teach this process to the kids I work with and in adult writing workshops. Every writer has her/his own process. If you've been reading over any of my writing series that I've posted on the blog, it gives you a little insight as to how I go about it.

One thing I really like to do when creating a book is put together a scrapbook of characters. This gives me a visual that I can thing consistantly refer to. It also helps to study the photos, where I can really think about description and the right words to put on the page. When I do scrapbooking, I cut and paste pictures from magazines of what I think my charcaters look like, where they might live, what their favorite foods are, etc. It's a visual outline for me, and I can come back to it over and over again. I have now started putting together my visual outlines on my computer. Isn't technology great?

Since Happy Hour was relased today, I thought it might be a fun idea for me to put up some of the photos I have for the characters in Happy Hour. They are the visuals I worked from while writing the book. Hope you enjoy.

FYI: The Blonde with the cute guy is the Jamie Evans' character. The woman with the little girl is Kat McKlintock (and her step-daughter Amber). The red-head is Danielle Bastillia and the pretty African American woman is Alyssa Johnson.

Also, don't forget to scroll down and read the Turkey Day Blog. Write up your recipe in the comment box and you may win a copy of Happy Hour.


1 comment:

Lori's Reading Corner said...

OK....really scary since this is pretty much how I pictured all of them. The only thing was that Danielle wasn't as muscular and her hair was a bit shorter and layered.