Like many writers, I use Pinterest boards to post visuals for my main characters, settings, clothing styles, foods they ate, and on and on.
But here’s my problem:
Where have all the normal-looking people gone?
I love having visuals for my characters, don’t get me wrong. As writers, it’s our job to scope out the beautiful celebs who will doubtless one day star in the movie version of our books. It’s not a hard job, really.
But I wanted to find a visual for a white-haired, grey-eyed older man (by older, I mean in his 70s). I was out of luck. He’s clear as a bell in my mind, but apparently his pic hasn’t hit the Internet yet.
I wanted a pic for one of my Vikings who happens to be bald, with a carrot-red beard. He may not look like a movie star, but he’s definitely integral to my story. Still no luck with that one, either.
And then I find pics of people I want to make into characters, but they haven’t fit into my books yet. People like this:
(A bit Viking-ish, wouldn’t you say?) Here’s a girl I’ll use eventually.
|Rachel Weisz for Bvlgari|
Sometimes you’ll find a perfect picture in a magazine, but there’s no way to figure out how to pin it from a literal mag. Then you just have to rip it out and hang onto it for inspiration.
But on the whole, these people seem perfect. They don’t have flaws. And I hate that, because real people have flaws and are still beautiful.
More beautiful, in very fact.
I wish my Pinboards could accurately represent my novel characters who live and breathe in my brain. If I had drawing skills, I’d try to sketch them.
Someday, I hope you’ll get your hands on my book, so my characters can walk right out of there, large as life, and move into your head, too.
Till then, I’ll have to stick with Pinterest.
(Here’s the link to my Viking pinboard for God’s Daughter: http://pinterest.com/vikingwritergal/god-s-daughter-book-inspirations/, if you want to check that out. But you won’t find a pic of Snorri Thorbrandsson–the carrot-bearded, big-hearted warrior Viking who’s obsessed with my main character, Gudrid.)
****How about you? Have any favorite novel-boards you’d like to share? Or inspirational hero/heroine pics you love? Where do you go to find pins of imperfect beauties?****