I get an hour break for lunch most days and usually that is spent frenetically trying to work on one creative project or another. However, as the temperature warms up and the weather gets nicer I am increasingly drawn away from my notebooks and paints and outside to explore.
I grew up in the woods surrounded by nature. Cities are fascinating to me–the intersection between urban development and nature especially. I do not want to live in a big city by any means but urban exploring is one of my favorite past times! I am not a world class photographer but occasionally I capture something interesting. This was a run down industrial area around a newly made city park. I popped on some Max Richter and felt a little like I was walking through an indie film as I snapped pictures on this beautiful spring day!
I finally got some words on paper in regards to my outline for Achelon City. I don’t know what specifically has been holding me back but it’s annoying! Nice to break that! I am participating in Camp NanoWrimo as much as I have set a bit of a goal for myself to work towards. I wish I had time to join a cabin and be all social but alas, too many plates to juggle!
As you can see things are handwritten–that is just how it works for me. Once I get going on the actual writing I’ll switch to Typity Typing but for now Scribbling is how it gets done! I also like to start with what I call “broad strokes” and with each go through add more details–like a painting almost.
Do you have any “quirks” as part of your creative process? I’d love to hear! Learning about how others create is one of my favorite things!
My current little creative space at work.
In my travels among Twitter and it’s writers I’ve heard the word aesthetic pop up to describe collages of pictures used to set the…well, aesthetics of the work in progress. It usually sets the mood, may involve symbols important to the story and character portraits. Not to be left out, I HAD to find a program to do this!
Canva, has been pretty easy to use and thankfully I’ve had my Pinterest boards to pull from wich makes gathering the images a lot easier. So without further adieu, here are the two aesthetic boards I’ve made for Achelon City!
What do you think? I’m trying to give a hint of the story and characters without giving tooooo much away.
I’m finally starting to get REALLY excited about this new story!
One of my favorite things about painting is the paper I use underneath–it is just full of happy colorful accidents. This paper was after I was watercoloring coffee filters to make paper flowers.
I’m not sure yet what I’m going to make yet with this paper but it will be be fun! Perhaps something spring related–the warmth and mixture of the colors makes me think of all the flowers popping up!
Happy Monday–and Happy April!
This weeks musical theme is Hans Zimmer.
His music has a sense of movement and rhythm that keeps me propelled in whatever creative avenue I am working. He has inspired many many pieces of writing as well as artwork. He can capture the sound of waves, or the beating of a train against the tracks all set against beautiful melodies!
I know I’ve posted before about how I don’t like to do NanoWrimo anymore but I do like April’s Camp NanoWrimo. You set the goal and the pace.
With that being said here are my writing goals for April:
- Finish fleshing out all major characters (and write stuff down!)
- Start outlining the major arcs of the story (murder case, Spencer and Luna’s relationship, Xir’s prophecy). I see a lot of color coding in my outlining future!
Small list I know but it will more than keep me busy! I also hold no illusions that I will actually finish either of these things but I am just looking for a good start really. This story has been in my head for too long! Time to let it out!
Here is a bit of character inspiration for Detective Wells!
Have a great Sunday!