Pictures as a Kickstarter

I’m sure that this happens with other people, but I feel the need to get this out.

There are times when I’m browsing the internet and I’m not really focusing on anything. There are times when I’ll see an image, and something about it just sets of a spark in my head, and the idea will shoot off like a rocket on speed. Sometimes it’s part of an existing idea, and sometimes it starts a whole new world.

For example, I had to come up with a 10-25 page story for a class last semester, and while I was thinking about it, I remembered something I’d found a while ago (I can’t remember exactly when or where, so this is the existing link to it).


Just by looking at the image, the story almost wrote itself. I still had to physically write it out, but it flowed onto paper much more smoothly than anything I’ve ever written. There’s still some work to be done, as I wrote this under a time constraint, but this is definitely my favorite short story that I’ve done. I titled it after the name of the picture (with the creator’s permission, of course); The Witch’s Son.

This is just one example of me using as a picture as inspiration, but this is definitely the most memorable to me, and it was one of my best pieces, if I could toot my own horn for a minute.



Visualizing Characters

I like to think that one of my skills as a writer is that I have a very good imagination. This comes in handy when I’m trying to create characters. Sometimes though, I need more of a visual helper to help nail out the details. Sometimes I draw in a giant-ass sketchbook I picked up, but I’m not the best drawer, so I tend to resort to a few unconventional (?) methods.  Continue reading