Presenting: Blastin' through the Block!A series where I tell you what my writing buddy and I do to blast through those problem days when we'd rather become Chemistry majors than open our manuscripts. (Well, that's just me, she doesn't have nearly the issues I do about Chemistry) So, today's topic is...FURNITURE SHOPPING!!!!
This is one of our favorite pastimes when we need to kill an hour or two, or when we're desperate for some inspiration. There's nothing like going into a store and finding something that could fit in your story like candy hearts on Valentine's Day. When I go in, I can find something and envision it in it's place in one of my character's houses and their actions around said furniture piece.
For example, this lovely pale yellow lounge sofa has the following place in my book. It's small but it got me out of a small slump.
" “We need to talk for a second.” Ausin replied walking into her immaculate white and pink bedroom to find her on a light yellow lounge couch. " (Yes, the character's name is Ausin. It's like awesome, but with an n instead of m, long story)
Here's another that is similar to something I've written. Okay, I found it on Regis and Kelly, but it counts! It got me out of writer's block in a snap when I saw it because it screamed one of my characters and her couch plays a bigger part in my books than I could have ever imagined!
Now, you can do all of this "furniture shopping inspiration" from your seat but it is so much more fun when you can go to a store and sit in the seat, imagine the character and feel that you are in your book. It gives you a HUGE connection with the character! There's no doubt I can find something that reminds me of my book in a furniture store and by just seeing it, I can get some inspiration. It's like seeing your book pop out in front of your eyes, and even better, you get to sit on it!! (another added bonus: you can close your eyes for a sec to think about all of this popping out of your book and no one thinks you're crazy!! unless you actually sleep, but that's never happened to me)
So, what do you think? Is Furniture Shopping a possibility for you? Do you already do it? Will you give it a try? What do you think of this new Blastin' through the Block idea? Let me know in the comments!