So, when I can’t write, or I’m stuck (or bored, or watching tv, or avoiding answering emails, or…) I often play with making artwork for my stories. Sometimes this is simple banner art but other times I make articles or postcards or use background that I’ve made for a story but not actually included.
I’m also a very visual person, and I often go looking to images to influence my writing. Sometimes I find an image that inspires something new, or makes me add a character or a scene. It takes a lot of time, but I enjoy it (and yes, I used to cut magazine images out and make collages when I was a teenager; now I spend ten hours at a time on Pinterest) and I do get comments on my descriptions, so I don’t think it takes away from my writing.
Yes, I do write articles and letters between characters; sometimes these are actually part of a story, like in Future’s Past, where I used articles to so a progression of time and the relationships between characters. Other times, I write them as part of my world building, like in the article about Castle Ravensmoor below.
I will add to these in the future, and link to here in future stories.
Castle of Ravensmoor is the main seat of the House of Black and the residence of the Duke of Ravensmoor. This ancient castle has been added to, renovated, and updated since the time of Arthur and is considered to be one of the great examples of magical architecture in Europe.