Guess what, fellow writers? I’ve found a use for Microsoft OneNote.
While I don’t like it as a wiki, it’s perfect for making mood boards!
Mood boards are used by some visual artists to help them visualize a project. You collect images that evoke the mood you want for your piece, then pin the whole collection up where you can see and refer back to it while you work.
In OneNote, collecting pics is as easy as dragging images from the web (or your harddrive) into a file for your novel. I’ve been using it to collect pictures for different locales, characters, and fashions in my sci-fi world, and it’s much tidier than having the images scattered among my harddrive folders!
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Another fun thing I’ve been doing in Microsoft OneNote is collecting photos of actors who remind me of my characters.
While I’m a have the ability to draw my characters if I want, my mental image of a character is fairly fluid–so why not grab some real life influences?
Here’s a few scientists my protagonist runs around with:
I was thrilled when I saw the trailer to Moneyball—Jonah Hill‘s character really struck me as a solid reference for my protaganist’s archrival-slash-boss, Vincent Harper.
I’ve always seen my protag’s weasely coworker Timothy Wallman as Steve Buscemi, but I didn’t realize why it was so easy to imagine Steve-o in a labcoat until I found this image of his from Spy Kids!
One of his other coworkers, Vanessa Chak, seemed to arrive as a crankier version of King of the Hill’s Minh Souphanousinphone, though when I drew Chak from imagination, I came up with this:
Have you ever used mood boards before in your writing? I’d love to hear about your experiences!