Planes, Trains, Automobiles & More Setting Inspiration Photos

Images are a great way for authors to get inspired when writing setting descriptions. Here are my latest “transportation” finds for my Setting Inspiration series.

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Photo License: CC0 Public Domain

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Photo License: CC0 Public Domain

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Photo License: CC0 Public Domain

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Photo License: CC0 Public Domain

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Photo License: CC0 Public Domain

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Photo License: CC0 Public Domain

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Photo License: CC0 Public Domain

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Sleeper on steam excursion

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15 Apps for Writers

The following apps are ones I’ve either used or have heard about from other writers. Each app offers help with productivity, promotion, creativity, or the actual act of writing a story. They are listed in no particular order.

I’m linking each of these apps to the Apple store, but many are also available at the Google Play and/or Amazon App Stores.

IntervalTimer

1) Interval Timer: Focus on your productivity and beat procrastination. By Nasa Trained Monkeys

Evernote

2) Evernote: Capture notes and sync across all devices. Stay organized. By Evernote

OneNote

3) Microsoft OneNote: Lists, photos, and notes, organized in a notebook. By Microsoft Corporation

Word

4) Microsoft Word: A word processor. By Microsoft Corporation

Pages

5) Pages: A word processor. By Apple

TheBrain

6) TheBrain: Dynamic Mind Mapping, Note Taking and Information Management. By TheBrain

SimpleMind

7) SimpleMind+ Intuitive Mind Mapping: Helps you organize your thoughts, remember things and generate new ideas. By xpt Software & Consulting B.V.

ListsForWriters

8) Lists for Writers: Ideas for creative writing. By Thinkamingo

ThRex

9) Thesaurus Rex: a thesaurus with modern content and synonyms for new words. By Dictionary.com

MW

10) Merriam-Webster Dictionary By Merriam-Webster, Inc.

Wunderlist

11) Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks By 6 Wunderkinder

Hootsuite

12) Hootsuite: Schedule Posts for Twitter, Instagram & More. By Hootsuite Media Inc.

Pocket

13) Pocket: Save Articles and Videos to View Later. By Read It Later, Inc

WhiteNoise

14) White Noise: Ambient sounds of the environment to help you stay relaxed and focused while you write. By TMSOFT

YogaStudio

15) Yoga Studio: Play, create, customize and schedule easy-to-follow HD video yoga classes. By Gaiam, Inc.

 

Recent Finds: Setting Inspiration

Whenever I write a scene, I picture the setting in my mind, whether it’s a room or an outdoor wilderness locale or a bustling city street, with as much detail as possible. Then I describe one or two specific, concrete elements to give the reader a sense of the place, which is often more effective than describing every detail.

Usually I can imagine that setting clearly in my mind, especially if it’s a character’s home or another important place for them. Other times I like to use a real place that I’ve visited as inspiration. When that isn’t possible, I’ll use a stock photography site to gather images. I might describe the setting the way I see it in the photo, or that picture might spark my imagination to go in a completely different direction. If the photos I find seem like a great setting idea but don’t match my current project, I’ll save them for later use.

Here are some of my recent inspiration finds for settings:

Cabin

(c) krystof / www.fotosearch.com Stock Photography

Road

Photo License: CC0 Public Domain

Cliff

(c) upthebanner / www.fotosearch.com Stock Photography

River

(c) Leaf / www.fotosearch.com Stock Photography

Tree-lined walk

(c) antony84 / www.fotosearch.com Stock Photography

Lighthouse

(c) Keifer / www.fotosearch.com Stock Photography

House

(c) Dwight / www.fotosearch.com Stock Photography

Office

Photo License: CC0 Public Domain

House

(c) Forgiss / www.fotosearch.com Stock Photography

Restaurant

Photo License: CC0 Public Domain

 

For Writers: Recommended Books & Articles

Resources for Writers

The Resources for Writers page of my website has been updated with several new books and links that I hope other writers find helpful. Many of these were a big help to me in my journey to publication and developing my own writing process (which continues to evolve over time). For the latest updates, check out the sections titled Books on Writing, Writing a Fast Draft, Selecting Character Names, Grammar Resources and Tips, General Outlining Articles, and Self-Publishing Info.