Finding Book Inspiration in Art

As November approaches, I’m considering (yet again) to participate in this year’s Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge. If you’re unfamiliar with this, it’s basically a challenge to write a full book (or at least 50,000 words of it) in the month of November. Every year I pump myself up for the challenge only to realize it’s already halfway through the month, and I haven’t moved past the note-taking phase. 

My writing tends to come in waves, and I have a general rule of not forcing the words out. Thus the prior failed nano attempts. But this year, I’m all in! I have an idea for a middle grade book and am currently fine-tuning my notes in hopes of having a solid roadmap along this adventure called Nanowrimo. Here’s to a first successful year!

One thing I’ve begun doing to help with the challenge is build up my inspiration Pinterest boards. Now, I’m not going to share those images yet since this is still in the baby (shark) phases, but I will show a bit of the behind the scenes of my Jamyrian world inspiration. The images below are straight from my all things Jamyria related Pinterest board.

Art has been a huge part of my life since childhood. My grandma is a painter, my mom a seamstress, and my uncle a graphic designer, so I was always surrounded by creatives. Having painted and sketched as well, I find having visuals really helps with getting the writing juices flowing. 

And so I create different boards to fill with inspiring images drawn by those who lurk among the inter webs. I don’t expect to find paintings that line up perfectly with the world I’ve created. What I prefer is finding images that have a similar emotional connection to the story. For Jamyria, I look for bright and contrasting colors that are a little off-putting. The world is too beautiful. Unnaturally beautiful. So if I can find a set of images of fantasy characters or forests with the right blues and oranges, I pin it. The overall affect sets the tone for my writing. 

I’m hoping that with the help of my new boards, I’ll be able to crack the whip and finish up my new book and first Nanowrimo next month. Wish me luck!

All of the images are linked to the sites I found them from. A few were uncredited, so please reach out to me if you know who the artist is. 

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1. POOLS OF TURQUOISE WATER
2. REGAL WOMAN IN GOLD
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