I write in journals before I type out my books, and I paste pictures on the pages as a way to find inspiration and encourage ideas. I've been pulling pictures for my newest book, but only have a few so far.
However, I have the pictures for Canary (remember that book I wrote, that's on submission? Yeah, I've kind of been blocking it from my mind because the waiting to hear back from editors is TORTURE!). I kept them bookmarked because each time I started a new journal, I repasted the inspiration pictures. Here are the ones that I used:
This first picture goes along with the title of my book...it's background on my computer right now too!
This picture has to do with the title of my book and the theme:
Basketball is the center of my main character Kate's world. She grew up watching her dad coach high school basketball:
Kate and her dad used to play basketball outside every night. It was the way that they were connected, but when her mom dies and her dad shuts down, they stop playing basketball. The loss of this time with her dad affects Kate greatly.
Kate's dad lands a job at Beacon, an elite private school. I picture Beacon to look a lot like the oldest dorm at Kenyon College:
Beacon's school colors are maroon and yellow. I pictured all the boys wearing ties like this:
Kate's brother, Brett, enlists in the Army. She starts to pull away from her friends because she fears Brett will get hurt: