Writers get ideas for books in different ways. Sometimes plot comes first, sometimes characters, and sometimes….just vibes.
I’m the third type. Vague character vibes, vague plot vibes….I could totally come up with a color palette but not a coherent plot. Plots come later.
So I thought today I pull some pretty photos and just…vibe with them? Anyway, just follow along for this magical mystery tour.
(all these pictures (except the first one) are from Pinterest. And unfortunately it is next to impossible on Pinterest to find the credit of pictures. And google search doesn’t help, and the fact that a lot of pictures link back to tumblr is just even worse, since the accounts are often defunct or the pictures were put up like back in 2014 and would be impossible to find. Anyway, copyright and credit woes of the 21st century)
And uh…there you have it. (why is everything like slightly sinister. What the heck. Why can’t I lighten the mood????)
Also, to be perfectly honest, I do make Pinterest boards for almost every story I write. However….do I actually ever use them??? Reference them? No. Not really. I just….make them. Cause it’s fun.
Writers: how does an idea for a story/book start for you? Do you begin with characters? Plot? Vague feelings? A singular image? Theme? Mood?
Readers: are there consistent vibes/aesthetics that draw you to a book? Are there some that turn you off?
(and of course you’re welcome to answer both)
(and also if you want to take any of these as a writing prompt, you are more than welcome)
I LOVED this!! I think I have a random scene, or a conversation, playing out, and then will find a way to get it there, no matter what I have to do or put the characters through to arrive at that point, which can have interesting consequences!
If only I could write stories as quickly as the images flash into my mind! Ugh! lol
For me, stories perhaps begin with a general character idea, along with a certain “mood” or world aesthetic. And theeeen….plot comes much, much later. XD