"Every page must contain conflict."
Welcome to the companion blog for the Story Building Blocks instruction series that walks #writers through the process of constructing a #plot, to designing #characters, and infusing #conflict on every page. It will also guide you through revisions to the final proofreading. For more information and tools visit www.dianahurwitz.com.
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The Story Scrapbook
Whether you like to cut and paste paper or you prefer Pinterest, a story scrapbook is a useful tool to make your descriptions come alive. Suggestions for content include: 1) Images of people for your characters. Sources: Store catalogs, advertisements, photos of famous people, national geographic articles, model agencies, acting agencies, or stock photo websites.
2) Images of personal possessions.
Sources: Sales fliers and magazines, jewelry and luxury item advertisements, and online stores.
3) Images of clothing and costumes.
Sources: Clothing catalogs or advertisements, drawings of historic costumes, shoe catalogs, historic photographs, and magazines.
4) Images of rooms and decor.
Sources: Home and Garden magazines, architectural digests, furniture catalogs or store ads, paintings, photos of houses in a neighborhood, hotel or resort brochures, and websites of homes for sale, or historical homes that allow visitors.
5) Images of outdoor settings.
Sources: Tourist brochures, National Geographic Traveler, Google maps, local magazines, city guides, vacation photos, and visitor’s websites.
6) Images of modes of transportation, airport, bus, cab, or ship terminals and/or airplane, bus, cab, and boat interiors.
Sources: Airline magazines, travel brochures, boating and leisure magazines, and service provider’s websites.
7) Images of automobiles.
Sources: Car ads, car company websites and brochures, custom and collector car sites, transportation archival photos, and car show ads or brochures for historical cars.
8) Images of weapons.
Sources: Gun catalogs, gun show advertisements, firing range advertisements, military history sites, or other gun related websites.
9) Images of animals (pets or wild),
Sources: National Geographic, pet books, pet product advertisements, pet stores, breeding groups’ websites, pet shows, zoos, and stock photo websites.
10) Tools of various trades.
Sources: How to manuals, professional websites, sales ads, tool catalogs, installation instructions, and provider websites.
You can use a binder, a computer folder, or a virtual pin board. Having images to reference makes coming up with fresh descriptions for your story fun and easy.