Our Beautiful World: Mountains, Skies, & Seashores

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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

 

Love this phase of writing!

The Haven Book 2 Manuscript

Pictured above is the binder containing the rough draft of Seth and Vargas’s story, HOW TO HEAL A LIFE (The Haven Book 2). I’m currently reading through it, revising, and adding more emotional depth and substance to the manuscript, and it’s going really well. I’m surprisingly pleased with the opening of the story, and that’s usually where I do most of my reworking. Knowing I’ve got a good handle on the beginning has me even more excited about this one.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress! Watch my newsletter and works-in-progress page on my website for more updates on this and my other projects.

 

Friday Photos: Beautiful Love

Today I thought I’d share my most recent Pinterest posts in my social media series: Beautiful Love. Each of these images beautifully illustrate that love is love.

Follow Sloan’s board Beautiful Love on Pinterest.

If you can’t see the embedded images above or wish to view my full Beautiful Love board, you can check it out at Pinterest.

You can also see more Beautiful Love posts on my Tumblr blog.

Beautiful Love: My latest favorite images from Pinterest

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