The joy of writing a short story is that it can be about anything and however long you wish it to be. You can write the climax to a murder, where two lovers part, or where a boy discovers his mother’s pet dragon. Anything.
When writing Sulwen, I had images in my mind of what I wanted the characters to look like. I visualized the misty moors of Oileán and the tumultuous sea around it. Pinterest, with its database of images, helped me explore my inspiration by making a mood board.
See my board for Sulwen below!
If you’re a visual person like me, mood boards are perfect. Just start typing in searches of people, places, and things that relate to your genre, theme, or setting, and pin away.
If you’re thinking, “I don’t even have a story idea yet,” keep reading.
Anyone can write, and now is the perfect time to try your hand at it. Perhaps begin with a genre. When you read books or watch movies, what do you gravitate to? Romance? Adventure? Mystery? What’s your favorite series? Pinpoint your taste and search for pins based off that.
When you find an image that’s appealing, pause. Look at it closely, like this picture below. Whose library is this? Do the books hold stories or something far more sinister? Does a lonely student wander to this corner of the university, and if so, what do they find? Or are these shelves a secret door to an annex or another world?
Collect images that stir your imagination and organize them into a mood board. Title it something fun and exciting. Make the board private until you’re ready to share your ideas with the world. Remember, once you have a place, person, or thing, you have the seeds of a story. Decide what the conflict is, the protagonist, and their goal, and boom!, you’ve got a tale.
Mood boards help capture what’s in your mind’s eye. And you get to scroll through Pinterest. It’s a win-win.
Tip: Create specific searches with this equation: genre + person/thing + art/photo. Example: science fiction + spaceship + photo.