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/