Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sunday News, Author’s Muse.

The Sunday newspaper are a great resource for bargain shoppers and authors. I did not always think that way. When I saw the sale circulars, I was excited. I looked through them and circled the items I wanted. Then, I embarked on an exciting shopping spree.


Somehow, after braving the rain, snow or heat to shop, the items spent months or years in my closet with tags attached. I know I’m not the only one. By now, you are probably wondering, what does this have to do with writing? Have you ever introduced a main character and lost sight of, or mixed up their features? Yes?

Then, sale circulars are your new best friend. I use pictures of the models as identification photos for the characters. Did I hear someone say, you can make a chart! Charts are great but they do not work for everyone. I have found a new use for the sale circulars. Instead of using them to put a dent in my finances, I use them to keep my characters feature in order.

How do you keep things in order?



  1. This is a fantastically creative idea! I usually draw my characters when they aren't based on an actual person, but I am thinking about venturing into other options. I was thinking about a chart, but that wouldn't really be for my characters, but rather for my murder mysteries (i.e Crime board). I might just have to steal your idea! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you. Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you. I'm always trying to find ways to make the writing process easier.