Why not create a mood board for your novel?

street scene

My current WIP is set in an alternative (Steampunk) Victorian England. Although the setting is fictional, I want to create the right Victorian feel and only deviate where the steampunk elements require it.

To help me, I started an Pinterest board to gather images for different characters and settings. I already had an idea of what I wanted so I searched Google for these specific images. Whilst this took some time, I also collected other images I found ‘by accident’. Each time I come across a new picture I think will work with the book, I add it to the Pinterest account.

When I need to consider a setting in some detail, I can view the images and gain inspiration. I know some authors do the same by storing pictures in Scrivener or similar.

Would your current project benefit from a collection of images to inspire you? Or have you done something similar in the past?

I am considering whether I should release the book with links to the Pinterest account so readers can share in the visuals.

I would be interested to hear what other authors do and whether readers would welcome the chance to see the images too.

If you want to see the current collection of images, it is here: https://uk.pinterest.com/anthonygerrard7/ruination-novel/


100 Word Challenge


100 Word Challenge for grown ups

100 Word Challenge for grown ups

I do enjoy finding new challenges to keep my writing brain thinking. I came across the 100 word challenge on a blog called Julia’s Place.

I liked the idea of writing a story in 100 words or fewer prompted by an image.

This week’s image was three wise monkeys.

Three Wise MonkeysThis is my response. I hope you enjoy it. The other responses can be found here.

I stood next to him and pointed. ‘My father used to bring me and my sisters here. He would re-tell the story of the three wise monkeys every Saturday. It became a ritual, a shared experience between us. I learned it was better to keep quiet, not to speak out, to look away from evil and block my ears to what was happening.’

He stared. ‘Sometimes you have to watch, listen and scream the truth.’

‘I just needed you to understand what it was like.’

He lowered his head. ‘Shall we return to the station and begin?’

I nodded.