Over the years, I’ve found myself collecting a number of resources for writing, and I thought I’d finally make a post with the ones I’ve found most useful.
First, the big one; a colour photoset. Anyone who’s read my trilogy knows how many colours I had to come up with and then describe in various ways – it certainly did my head in at times! This photoset saved me so many times, and definitely added a bit more flavour to what otherwise might have been very flat description.
(Soul Inferno 2015) Drifting over the windows to watch the sun set over Castor, I watched dusty hues of gold, orange and lavender light touch briefly upon the rooftops and the flags on the city walls.
In addition to colours, I found the next photoset extremely valuable for my 1940’s fantasy.
(Thorn of the Rose TBA) He glanced up, annoyed at being expected to work so early, but his expression softened as he took in the older of the two. She was tall, but curvy, her maroon suit clinging to her hips and bosom. Her hair was tightly pinned into rolls beneath the matching velvet cloche hat, a lavender ribbon fastened around it. Her eyes, though, were steely blue, fixing him with such an intense stare that he gulped. He suspected that she was young, but something told him not to underestimate her.
Then, the ever so helpful descriptions of setting. I found this resource made it a lot easier to visualise what I was trying to write!
Then we have visual thesauruses – the ‘Titles’ card came in very helpful for Soul Blaze and Inferno.
And now the fun stuff! As a writer, I find myself inappropriately excited about all kinds of gory things, please don’t ask why – that would open a can of worms I have no notion of addressing. The bullet chart came in handy for Thorn of the Rose, and the arteries charts complimented other research for A Veil of Stars
A Veil of Stars (TBA) I ducked under the clumsy swing from his friend and darted up behind him. Wrapping one arm around his torso to hold him still, I plunged the bloody knife into the back of his neck, between his second and third cervical vertebrae, severing his spinal cord. I withdrew the blade, covering myself in speckles of blood for the second time in mere seconds.
Please feel free to enlighten me to the creators of this material if you know them, I’ve been collecting them for so long I wouldn’t know, but I would like to pay tribute to them where possible.
In addition to these, I collect pictures of places and things that interest me. I had a whole folder full of pretty glass bottles at one point. I believe having visual material is one of the most important resources a writer can draw on. Feel free to link me towards any you use yourself!
May your coffee be hot, and your imagination inspired!