Mad Drafting Skillz Part III: Pre Writing – VISUALS (aka ALLLL the prettiessss)

screen-shot-2016-09-06-at-7-39-39-pmPretty much everything I talk about today is something you can include your family in, if you’re a writer who is always juggling your family time with your work time with your writing time.


I’m a visual learner. If we meet, I’ll ask you your name about 8 times before I learn it (or just keep asking your friends while whispering behind your back), UNLESS I can read your name. So, yeah… I’m visual. This part is super important for me.

So far in pre-writing we’ve talked about Characters and Research – today is putting those things together into PRETTY PICTURES 😉

I sometimes make fake book covers and pay ZERO attention to what I’d actually do if I were making a real book cover. FYI – A Forever Thing is now called All The Forever Things, and I should have a real cover soon.

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Sometimes I build a fake web page – inspiration boards that are only for me to see (well, and now you…)

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I do character sketches while using celeb/model/stock photos – again, I make these for ME – authors who use celebs to help sell their book? NO BUENO. You can be sued for that… (This book is still in early draft stage, so I’m feeling somewhat safe? here) And yes, please feel free to laugh at my descriptions – when I first started my novel I wanted it to be purposefully over-the-top. I have since changed my mind, so my character sketches will reflect that at some point.

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AND PLACES – sometimes having pics of the places your character will go can help you know what your character will notice and can paint a picture while keeping the story rolling:

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I have no idea where any of these pictures came from – I had my kids help me find them 🙂 It’s a fun way to bring them in to parts of my writing process. And again, I always love it when I can move forward with writing while also hanging with my peeps.

I’ll talk about this later, but having these visuals is SO helpful when I’m writing and my progress slows.

Honestly, what we’re doing here is STEALING. You’re already building a lot of your story from scratch, when you can borrow something from real life, that’s a GOOD THING.

Seriously, tailor anything to you – I like to keep all my stuff on my iWeb program – some people need things printed out and on bulletin boards. Other people make big collages using magazines… Whatever works for you, do it.

Thanks, Jo

P.S. It is not my intention to use any of these pictures for anything other than to show other authors how to use pictures to their advantage for their own work at home. 

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Published by Jolene Perry

Hiker. Occasional Yogi. Equestrian. Couch potato. Music lover. Mediocre guitar player. Sailor. Tailor. Home body. Traveler. Enjoys suffering from being interested in everything. Co-founder and instructor at Waypoint Author Academy. Rep'd by Amy Bishop of Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.

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