Thursday, November 6, 2008

Story Starters


Missy here. I was going through the "My Pictures" folder on my computer, wondering if I could delete some that I have there because of looking at possible cover ideas for my first book. I've posted a couple of times on my other blogs about the things that we have to include in an Art Fact Sheet from Harlequin/Steeple Hill. (I'll post a link at the end in case you're interested.) And one thing they ask for is attached photos. I'm including some of those photos here that I sent as ideas for the cover of Her Unlikely Family, a story that takes place in a diner in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I just loved this first one. It really gave me a feel for the place I had pictured in my head.



These other two were possibilities as well. And the one below was one that I thought was cute. The heroine is a spunky waitress, and for some reason I loved this waitress photo. (Only Josie's uniform was pink!).

Anyway, I had so much fun looking for these. But what I like about looking for the photos at such places as flickr.com and corbis.com is that I start getting story ideas! So next time you're stuck and don't know what to write, try going to a site with lots of photos and let them inspire you. Before you know it, your creativity will take off.

Now for a link to my post about what's on an Art Fact Sheet:

http://lifewithmissy.blogspot.com/2007/03/art-fact-sheets.html

Have fun coming up with new story ideas!
Missy

6 comments:

  1. Ohhh, good idea. I was starting to think about a possible cover for my first novel as well. Because I was going to post it on the nwe site from HarperCollins...and you need an image to represent your book.

    Never thought about scanning photos for inspiration for that AND for writing.

    NICE!

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  2. I'm glad it helped, Lynn. Corbis is one Harlequin recommends we look at. I guess they work with them if they need to purchase photos. These sites also have royalty-free photos you can use.

    I do need to go fix my link to corbis right now, though! It didn't work.

    Missy

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  3. I'm glad it helped, Lynn. Corbis is one Harlequin recommends we look at. I guess they work with them if they need to purchase photos. These sites also have royalty-free photos you can use.

    I do need to go fix my link to corbis right now, though! It didn't work.

    Missy

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  4. Missy,
    I LOVE the bottom photo. I have my book ideas, charts and such in notebooks. Seperate one for each book. I put character photos on the front cover. I either get them from magazines or sometimes they are actors or actresses and I just print me up a pic.
    I think it was Colleen Coble (I could be wrong) who does a corkboard of scenes from her whole story. Like if it is set in the mountains she puts mountain pics up along with pics of sunny days, the house or whatever she's picturing....I've been thinking about that too.

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  5. The waitress photo is beyond perfect for that story :-)

    I also really appreciate learning about the photo sites. I'm going to take your advice and go to those sites. You are right. We get inspired from what we see.

    Thank you.
    Angie

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  6. I guess I need to start thinking of a cover. When people think of Scottish Medievals, castles, swords and plaids automatically come to mind. My heroine plays a Celtic harp so I'm thinking of her doing that, or the scene of a Medieval Scottish wedding where she is kidnapped. So many things are going through my mind.

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