A friend of mine responded on Day 3's IG post asking if this week was all about inspiration boards. It was a good question. I know I mentioned it on the challenge introduction post but to clarify things, I'll state the purpose of the challenge again here.
This isn't about inspiration boards in particular. I work better when I have something visual to jar my memory so inspiration boards are an excellent tool in my arsenal. But if that doesn't work for you, or for you particular type of creative pursuit, then that's OK. Please use the prompts in the way that works best for you. I'm starting with the big picture and working my way down to the details. With that said, I hope you'll continue to follow along and/or join in.
Yesterday's prompt asked about inspirational feelings, which include textures because if you're thinking of the senses, then "touch" is definitely one of them. I created three boards for this prompt. Read on to see them.
#writingthesensechallenge Day 5 - Feelings Inspiration
Any story about people will run the gamut of feelings. Mind is no different but these are the main ones I thought they'd encounter. From left to right, top to bottom: Fear, love, lonliness/separation, sorrow, friendship, and joy.
Some of the textures my characters might encounter are linen/rough cotton, woven blankets of yarn or coarser threads, silky material of finely-made garments, smooth and round prayer beads, and rough water and stone.
Weather is an equally important aspect to any story. My characters will experience warm sunshine, wind, rain, snow, and ice (though ice is more a thing they might encounter rather than a weather phenomenon.) This is one of the areas I struggle with when writing. For some reason, I can write in pieces about wind, but other weather is stuck in my head. I want my readers to experience it, too!
What sorts of feelings and textures inspire your writing? Feel free to share here in the comments or on IG with the hashtag #writingthesenseschallenge so I can follow along with all the posts.
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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