(P)inspiration

I’ve always loved looking at pictures. When I was a kid, my mother got me these children’s books with classical art pieces in them. Long before I could read, books and art became closely intertwined in my mind. When I started write my own stories, it didn’t take long until I wanted to see physical representations of the words on the pages.

Fast-forward a decade or two, and enter the internet. What a wonderful source of information—and inspiration—this is! And if one is looking to browse pretty pictures to soak in some inspiration for one’s writing, there really is no place like Pinterest.

I tend to make an inspiration board for most of my writing projects at some point. For CEMETERY SHIFT, I wanted to emphasise a specific mood. As a result, the board has an eerie feeling—and, of course, features several graveyard sculptures and settings. Whenever I needed to invoke that particular state of mind, I would go back to look at the board.

The sum of those influences ended up manifesting in the book in a very tangible form.

THIS IS THE BOARD

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AND THIS IS THE BOOK COVER

Look familiar at all?

OTHER AUTHORS USING PINTEREST

In addition to using Pinterest to put together inspiration boards for my own writing, I follow a number of other authors who are doing the same. These are some of my favourites:

J.F. Penn—thriller author whose vivid settings are so deeply inspired it’s contagious.

Kara Jorgensen—delightful mix of paranormal, historical, and fantasy.

Jordan L. Hawk—wonderfully otherworldly.

Kate M. Colby—features a great mix of steampunk dystopia and writing tips!

OVER TO YOU

Do you use Pinterest too? Do you make your own boards, and what kind of things do you put on them? Feel free to share your board recommendations below! I’m always looking for new sources of inspiration and would love to add to my Pinterest feed.

The birth of an author

Before I published Cemetery Shift, I thought that once the book was out the process of having become an indie author would be complete.

Well. Not quite. Despite being far from new to the theory behind publishing an e-book, I had failed to take into account some of the immediate practicalities.

A published book alone does not an author make

As it turns out, after clicking ‘publish’ (in this case, on Amazon), an indie author still needs:

  • Patience. I am naturally impatient-a trait which often benefits me (as it kicks me into action more often than not), but which is utterly useless when I have to wait for things I can’t control. Like the book’s status to change from ‘publishing‘ to ‘live‘ in the Amazon backend system KDP. I still don’t know what was actually going on there, but I had to hold myself back to keep from wasting hours constantly refreshing the page.
  • More patience. I thought I’d prepared my social media and web presence thoroughly. After all, I had this website, a Twitter account, e-mail list, and a Goodreads account already. What more could I possibly need to prepare? Okay, admittedly I was aware I would have Amazon author central and a Goodreads author profile—I just sort of expected them to create themselves. Not so —and for each of them I needed to wait additional hours for the creation requests to be approved. Impatient Nina might have done more refreshing at this stage.
  • A healthy dose of forgetfulness. Because really, if I keep constantly reminding myself that my words are now out there being read by people I will be too distracted—and writing the next thing is my main responsibility right now.
  • Gratitude. Admittedly, this came by itself. When I announced my book launch to a few of my friends, I hadn’t expected the overwhelming positivity and excitement I was met with—including word of mouth recommendations of my work to others. I am thankful to have such supportive people around me, though it is certainly not something I take for granted. I will look for chances to repay these kind people whenever I can.
  • To think before they speak—particularly about their stories. When people started asking me things about my book and characters, I realised that what I say about these things now seems to hold another weight. Suddenly, any little remark can be a potential spoiler, and whatever I write becomes canon. It’s a strange feeling after having my work live in the ethereality of being in progress for so long, and something I haven’t yet decided how to deal with.

So far, I’m only at the very beginning of my author journey, and I’m sure I will find more unexpected new insights along the way. After all, constant development is rather the point.


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