I finished writing the 50,000+ word rough draft of another novel in the “For the Love of Music” series (same series as “Nobody’s Girl,” my first published novel), on November 17. And today, I validated my word count. Yep, I won!
Using music to allow for inspiration is only one of the components for writing. At least when you’re me. I also love to create book covers, edit photos and just look at places, faces and other images that reflect the heart of the story I’m writing. And since most of “Just Jade” is taking place in Europe, I’m wandering back in time through my own adventures in Europe, looking at photos, and letting those images evoke memories and emotions.
If you’ve got some images from your story’s location as you work on your NaNoWriMo novel for 2013, I recommend looking through them. Or go to Wikipedia and look some up. Or google images search. Or Pinterest.
I experienced many adventures during the various times I have gone to Europe, and I have loved all of those memories, even the sad or scary ones. So, here are a few of the edited images from the journeys I’ve taken through Europe, as Jade is inspired to take life.
When I was in Europe in 2007, backpacking the continent with my best friend, I took this picture beneath the Eiffel Tower. Now I’m even gladder that I did. It’s the perfect cover for this year’s NaNoWriMo project, “Just Jade.”