Setting Inspiration: Bookstores!!

Bookstore

Bookstore

Bookstore

Bookstore

Bookstore

If you can’t see the embedded images above, check them out at the original blog post.

Also, be sure to check out my other setting inspiration, character inspiration, and story inspiration posts to see what inspires me.

Story Inspiration: Lost in Thought, Time Together, and More Story Prompt Photos

Here are some new photos for my story inspiration series. Any of these images give you writers out there new ideas? Do these pictures have you asking questions? What are these people thinking? Why are they together? How long have they known each other? Why are some of them alone right then? What’s on their minds right then?

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Don’t forget, I also have story inspiration and beautiful love boards at Pinterest, which I typically update more often with images that inspire me.

To Love Somebody

Here’s my latest pick for my “video I love” series. A beautiful montage from several movies and TV shows.

If you can’t see the embedded video above, you can view it on YouTube.

Friends, Travelers, Runners, and More Story Inspiration Pics

Along with my character and setting inspiration pictures, I also collect images that spark new story ideas. The ones below have me coming up with all sorts of storylines.

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It’s All About the Feels

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When looking at a picture and thinking about that particular place in terms of setting, I like images that are striking, that evoke emotion or set a particular mood. When revealing where a scene is taking place, it’s often more powerful to do so through the character’s other senses, rather than merely running through a descriptive list of what is visually present.

For me, a picture often sparks ideas for how to describe those little sensory details, such as how a character can feel the slick brick sidewalk beneath his feet as he walks the city streets and tries to deal with the disaster his life has become, how she can hear the slow trickling of water that transfixes her as she nears the stream situated beside her childhood home, how he can feel the worn, smooth leather beneath his palms on the couch where he had his first kiss years earlier.

I like taking such sensory details and matching them to what the character is feeling and the mood of the scene. Visuals can go a long way in helping me discover those details.

Here are a few of my recent Setting Inspiration Finds:

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