My Mind’s Eye

This week we are asked if we use ‘visuals’ when doing our writing. That is to say, do we seek out pictures that match our expectations of our characters and settings?

Many writers go so far as to have bulletin boards in the homes or offices or use Pintrest and the like. They search in books, magazines, online or they go out and actually shoot photos of people or places that help them to keep a person or place in mind.

A dear, late friend of mine, Linda, the one who got me back to writing in earnest and led me to my first piece being published, (which led to so much more, including being here), used to send picture after picture to me with attributes she pictured in her characters and settings that she had in mind.

I have not felt the need for this.

But let me quickly add that I have not written as much fiction as many others and certainly not as many characters. Much of my writing has been based on events in my life or of those around me, and only some of it has been fictionalized, so there has been no need for outside visuals; I’ve a great deal of what I write about and that part of my memory is still good.

However,that may change. And it isn’t that I have not been inspired by visuals, quite the contrary!

A bit of scenery in a movie many years ago let to a long, involved series of fictional correspondence between two people, which I reworked into one, long letter from the one I pictured at the scene.( I will have to find that work. I may be able to use some of it now!)

And I know I have mentioned this here, but a photo posted by our Founding Fox, Jillian Chantel, on her “Wordless Wednesday” blog, instantaneously inspired the bulk of the one romance novel that I keep working on, (slowly. I will, however, get it put all together).

So , until I take more time and write more that I pull purely out of my hat, (or what is under it), no visuals…but that is not to say I never will. I just don’t see finding someone who would take the place of someone that I picture in my mind.

In fact, the convenience of audiobooks is great, but if I listen to one from a series I have read, I just can’t do it. I already have that person’s “voice” in my head. And that is probably why I would rather see a movie based on a book first, before I read it. I am less apt to be disappointed.

However, to any movie producers out there: Enough green will overcome any casting discrepancies you and I may have. Yes, it could.

About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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7 Responses to My Mind’s Eye

  1. jeff7salter says:

    enough green — yes indeed. The universal “color”.
    I’ve often wondered whether — if any of my stories made it to the screen — whether I’d have any involvement in the screenplay or in the casting. I’ve sorta suspected “NO”. And, if not, whether it would bum me out to see how THEY wrote the script and selected the actors.
    I’m betting it will be a disappointment. But, as you say, if they pay for the privilege, they are legally allowed to take it and run with it.
    I would imagine it’s quite rare for an author to have script approval these days.
    And as for that novel you’ve been working on — tell us more! Do you have a blurb yet?

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    • I know I have mentioned it before , but every writer should read ” Writing Movies for Fun and Profit”(the “Fun” has a line drawn through it) , by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant,It’s at my local library and they can do an interlibrary loan for you at yours, since it’s in the state.
      Once you sign for a studio/producer to have your ‘option’, you have no input. Only Rowling and a very few other hard-hitters get any say in any of the rewriting or production; even NYTimes Best Selling Authors have no say whatsoever. It is extremely rare for a writer to get hired to work on their own story and even rarer for them not to be fired from it.
      As for the novel, well, no,I hadn’t thought of a blurb. Now that I’ve gone public , I’ll have to get on with finishing it. I hate to ‘jinx’ it, because with the way things are going, I really don’t know when. And gee, I’d hate for someone to take my brilliant idea and …do a better job!!!
      Working title:
      “Writing On the Wall”
      Sherry and Alan are on a long delayed “honeymoon”. They have been happy, but Sherry senses that Alan has been holding back from her lately. When she sees a message carved into an old wall, Sherry wonders if she is missing the writing on her own wall.

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  2. That sounds like an interesting novel. I look forward to reading it once you are done.

    I was told by a publisher to have a dream cast ready to use for posts to help promote my book. That was when I really started with visuals. Should a book ever get turned into a movie I really do not think anyone I had selected would be cast.


  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Writing on the Wall sounds like something I’d want to read – or watch. And I’m off to look for that book!


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