If I didn’t have the Internet, I don’t think I could write. I could research at a library, I know. I can work a card-catalog like no one, and digging through books and discovering facts brings me great joy. But, there’s one thing that having the Internet does for me that wouldn’t be as effective if I had to utilize books and magazines.
I have absolutely no sense of fashion. At.All. I don’t understand it. I can’t look through a rack of clothes and picture outfits. When shopping for clothes, I typically only buy what I can see put together on a mannequin, or go to a favorite boutique in Lexington, Kentucky, where the owner is under strict orders from my husband and daughter to just dress me without my input.
I had a sister-in-law who subscribed to four different fashion magazines and always looked incredible and fashionable. I subscribed to one, copying her, trying to be like her, and after two or three magazines came, I finally accepted the fact that I don’t understand it and don’t have the brain to truly embrace it.
But, with the Internet, I’m able to do things like search, “summertime date night outfit” and I get the most amazing results back! These image compilations with accessories are the best writing tools I’ve ever discovered for writing outfits!
Any time I have ever dressed a character in a book, this is what I use.
I also have a hard time decorating rooms. I’m just not a visual thinker, I think. So, I find the house I want my characters to live in for sale and use the furnishings in the house listings on sites like Realtor.com and Zwillow.
If you read one of my books and there is a description of a room, I’ve either been in it or I’ve looked at it online. Almost none of it is my own imagination.
It’s interesting to me how I just draw a blank until I start looking for images to inspire. Often, as I’m putting together outfits and rooms, it’s in the beginning before I’ve truly fleshed out my plot and characters, and looking at clothes and houses is what helps me finalize putting it all together!
In the next week, I’ll start plotting a book, and I’ll spend a day or two just pinning these kinds of images to Pinterest while my world and characters build in my mind.
Do you enjoy fashion? What is your favorite type of style?
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