It's been a while! (Which seems to become my fixed first sentence, sorry about that). School's been really busy for the past few months, but I'm done for now.
Some weeks ago, I started a new project and I did something I might have told about before. I searched the internet for pictures of my characters. I put them in a Word Document and wrote a short description of a few lines next to it. That way, I got to know what my main character looks like, what her family is like and what the different looks of her teachers and classmates are.
Of course I spent some time doing that. Time I didn't actually write the story. But now I'm writing the actual thing, I find out more and more the helpfulness of this document. Every once in a while, I open this thing and have a quick look at the color of the character's eyes, whether or not this person is in the same class as my main character and if I use the right name for the right person.
|My main character for my current project.|
This way, I'm a little bit more protected for mistakes like giving my main character three different types of hair throughout the book, or changing the name of the biology teacher.
I think this is a helpful 'tool' for writing the story. I think I even decided the names the characters based on their pictures, although it sometimes was the other way around.
Besides this, it always motivates me at least a little bit when I open my first draft and think about what I have to write. Looking at my characters pulls me a bit in their world and that's the thing we want when writing, don't we?
Have you ever used pictures of persons who represented your character while writing? If so, did you find it helpful? If not, would you consider doing it?