As an author I aim to inspire pictures with my words. Readers rely on me to formulate the perfect balance of description to bring characters, scenes and conversations to life. But this week, I realised just how much I, as an author, rely on pictures to inspire my words.
An extract from my biography reads: ‘Rose is inspired by the love of her coastal home...’, and my recent trip to Cairns drove home to me just how true this statement is. As I walked the tropical settings of our north, I could literally feel the characters of my current work in progress come to life. I felt closer to them, as though I were seeing the settings through their eyes. I was inspired, and delighted by the new revelations I encountered in both my characters and storyline. I giggled to myself as my imagination conjured up a horrible predicament for an unlikable character, and I felt an affinity with another character as the sun set over a watery horizon.
After a week of inspiration it occurred to me that, as authors, we are all inspired by different things. For some it may be a time or place in history, for others it could be relationship dilemmas, and others draw on a fantastical imagination as inspiration. For me, I certainly draw on my surroundings. Below are some pictures that inspired me on my recent trip to Cairns. I would love to hear what inspires you.
Rose Dee is the author of the 'Resolution' series. Visit her at: http://rosedee.com/