|a wordle created from the WATGD synopsis|
I have a certain way I like to look at my books as I'm writing them. Actually two ways: visually and auditory.
Visually because I've found that pinboards help me keep the little details - the way a character 'looks' as she laughs or how a man can smile without moving his mouth at all - in tact throughout an entire book. I started using Pinterest for that reason because it kept all the images for books on the same board. I've also been known to print out my boards as I'm writing or editing.
My pinboard for What a Texas Girl Dreams, for example, is filled with horses and cowboy type images but there is one picture that tells Monica's story for me - it is a woman standing next to her horse and staring into the distance. That picture is Monica for me...even after she learns how to open her heart and let other people in.
And then auditory because as I'm writing, certain songs - old new, pop, country, classical, jazz - come to me. A jazz piece might have the atmosphere of a scene or a pop song might sound like my heroine or a country standard might be the perfect sound for my hero. I make notes and then as I begin editing the piece, I listen to the playlist.
|a wordle based on words I use to describe the book|
I found a new way to look at my books recently, too. It's called Wordle and it's a kind of visual way to look at a synopsis or a chapter or just a single scene. You cut-and-paste the section into the wordle-engine and it returns a word picture - the words used the most are bigger, less-used words are smaller. Words are in different colors or going in different directions. It helps me 'see' what is going on. I don't base my edits on the Wordle's I make...but seeing those important words arranged out of sequence and turned different directions does, somehow, give me insight into what I'm writing. And what I want to write.
Do you have a writing tool that you swear by?