Above is a little sketch I drew about a year ago when The Last Queen of Terrivea was just an idea. The sketch is of the necklace Ophelia wears throughout the book, it’s the one her mother gives to her. Anyway, lets get down to business.
How can art save your novel’s life? Easily, by giving your ideas a physical space in the world. This not only solidifies the image you have in your head, but makes it easier on you when you have to describe said idea in writing.
Having a visual reference is always helpful when it comes to writing your book. Sometimes you can’t find the right reference you need online, so you’ll sketch it out for yourself. This is commonly referred to as concept art. It’s a helpful tool to turn abstract thoughts into concrete creations.
You don’t have to be an artist or good at drawing at all, since these pieces of art are generally only meant for you as a reference. I am going to suggest something to you that I think is really important, not only for sketching concept pieces, but for your writing in general.
Carry a small sketchbook around. Why?
- It gives you somewhere to jot down your ideas when they hit you.
- It allows creative freedom for notes and sketches, since the paper is not lined.
- Keeps your mind active and sharp, which can lead to great brainstorming sessions.
- It’s less distracting than electronics when doing brainstorming sessions.
- Is portable and easy to jot/sketch at anytime you feel the urge.
You can buy a cheap sketchbook pretty easily, but you can also make one yourself. Pinterest and Youtube have great tutorials for this. Here are a few photos of my most used sketchbooks.
Your writing probably won’t suffer if you don’t bother sketching or jotting your ideas down. From personal experience, I find that it makes the process of brainstorming a lot easier, whether it translates to your prose or not.
One last tidbit of advice: write down any and every idea that comes to your mind, even if it seems stupid or bad. Just do it. Some of the best ideas sprout from bad seeds.
Thanks for reading!
P.S: Here’s a list of links for tutorials on how to make sketchbooks:
- Easy no sew no glue no staple DIY sketchbooks! Beret Nice
- DIY sketchbook/journal (NO BINDING/STITCHING!) marcelcao_art
- 5 Minute Bookbinding, The House that Lars Built
- DIY SKETCHBOOKS- No Stitching & No Stapler, Baylee Jae