I don't like first drafts. I can see a story all played out in my head, but to get it from my head onto the paper/computer is an effort. I have to pry it out, bit by bit, as if using those nut picks used to pry nut meats from a shell. Pictures help.
I think I have mentioned before that I am a very visual person. That is why my website is graphics-heavy--I love the look of the Regency. So when I'm writing a book I use visual aids. As I begin that dreaded first draft, I start a collage on a large sheet of bristol board. On it, I put pictures of everything that evokes the story I have in my mind: people who remind me of characters, places that match my location, details like china and furniture, paintings that evoke the setting, and perhaps a map of the town or county.
When I began The Earl's Peculiar Burden, I started my collage with the Red Tower.
Then on my collage I included the look of Ysmay's 1237 castle and her small world.
When I started looking for character pictures, I found this lady with her harp. Ysmay plays the harp. This picture went on my collage.
When Ysmay rushes into the tower she is of course in medieval dress; I needed to see that.
today's release, The Earl's Peculiar Burden, I would set the collage on my desk and examine it for several minutes, willing myself into Ysmay and Garret's world.
'Til next time,