You see, Pinterest has played such a large role in my story brainstorming process. At first, it was more of a way to try to convey visually what I had already created, but now the process has evolved to the point where I'm pinning visual inspiration before and during the writing process. It's a combination research and motivation tool, from pinning helpful articles and reference pictures to beautiful quotes and character look-alikes.
Today's event is sort of a "show-and-tell," as Elisabeth put it. :) Below you'll find glimpses of my projects that are already out there and ones that are to come. (Be sure to click the top/title of the widgets to see all the pins.) I'd absolutely love to hear if a certain board or pin intrigues you!
And if you're a writer with a storyboard(s) of your own, I hope you'll link to it/them in the comments section, so we can hop over to Pinterest and take a peek!
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Amber's Storyboards (in Alphabetical Order)
Bellflower | Short Story
A retelling of Beauty and the Beast in an 1880 mining town
Highlights: Really love these actor picks for Annabelle and Jacob (Robin Wright and Randall Batinkoff). Also, some of the Beauty and the Beast images are so fitting!
Bleeding Heart | Novel
An inspirational Western romance about five bleeding hearts on a profound journey
Highlights: Lots of personal photos mixed into this board for my debut novel. And there are some absolutely perfect (and poignant) quotes that fit the theme of the story. (Bonus: You'll find a personality quiz tucked in there, too!)
Fairy Slippers | Short Story
A retelling of Cinderella in an 1888 redwood lumber town
Highlights: Lovely fairy-tale-esque pictures and some cool pins of the fairy slipper orchid.
Forget Me Not | Novel
An inspirational Western romance about remembering the good amid heartbreak
Highlights: Gorgeous scenery shots - and a pic of a young John Cusack as Harry in The Journey of Natty Gann (that's definitely a highlight!).
How a Star Falls | Novella
A new adult contemporary romance about a girl who claims to be a star (not the Hollywood kind!)
Highlights: Beach, stars, and romance - need I say more? I think the mood of this board really worked its way into the story.
Morning Glory | WIP
An inspirational Western romance set in Oregon and featuring Myghal from previous books in the series
Highlights: This board feels like a reflection of different points in the brainstorming/writing process. It's a little all-over-the-place, showing the spurts of direction and the aimless wandering through inspiration. Hopefully this will all come together at some point!
When Frozen Days Melt | WIP
A young adult contemporary romance featuring younger sister Chloe (from How a Star Falls)
Highlights: The overall tone of the board - it's just so happy, dontcha think? I like the fashion pics, the yummy ice cream images, and the glimpses of home.
Where Trains Collide | WIP
A new adult contemporary romance featuring middle sister Trisha (from How a Star Falls)
Highlights: Autumn and trains - two of my favorite things! I want to hug this board. ;) Also, the scene from The Office (for some reason, it makes me happy every time I glance through the board) and the cool GIF pin at the bottom.
While You're Awake | Novelette
A contemporary re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty with a barista and a freelance editor
Highlights: Cute German shepherd pics and interesting facts about honey bees.
I'm deeply inspired by music. To discover some of the musical inspiration behind these stories, check out the "soundtrack" boards:
(Note: The other stories have some music pins mixed in with the other pins on the main boards.)