When Tim talked about picking a protagonist and writing a list of things you might find in their bag, I had another lightbulb moment. Pinterest. It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me, that I have Pinterest boards for writing. I have Pinterest boards for everything. What I didn’t have were boards for specific characters or settings in my work. I do now.
One, in particular, was a huge breakthrough moment for me. I’d been having so much trouble picturing how a key location in my BoK series looked. I had a vague notion, but vague notions are hard to write about. So I began searching Pinterest for a single vintage item I knew I wanted in the shop. I think I spent the next two hours pinning things and the next day I had a picture perfect image in my head of what that shop looked like. I knew all the items they’d find there.
I’d been blocked on that scene for months, dropping it, moving forward, coming back and still having no idea. In one sprint I was able to finish that scene with more detail than I’d initially planned and I felt blissfully free to move on. It also gave me some great ideas to tie in scenes with the other two books in the series.