Monday, November 20, 2006

Thinking in Pictures

“The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.” ~ Jacques Benigne Bossuel

Yesterday I put together my suggestions for my cover for Paradise, USA and sent them to my editor at Virtual Tales. And I have to admit, it took longer than I thought it would. It was actually a challenge, because of course we writers have these ideas in our heads of what the setting of our stories look like, and we do our best to bring them to life over the course of a story.

But think about trying to convey the world and the mood and the key elements and the most important scene of a full-length novel in a couple of paragraphs. Tough!

My writing friend, Marianne, makes collages of her works, which I’m beginning to think is a really good idea, because then you have in front of you the physical makeup of your characters and your setting. Hmm. Maybe I’ll give that a try next time around.

In the meantime, I’ll confess that I really can’t wait to see what the artist comes up with for my cover. I’ll share it with you as soon as I see it!


Pam said...

Hi Allie,

I have a cover for my next book and I pretty much hate it. When I figure out how to post it, I'll share.

To me it represents a minimum of creative thought. Basically, it's a generic male and female on the cover. The picture gives no hint whatsoever of content except to suggest romance.

Maybe I'm being too picky, because maybe that's all it's supposed to do, but then what's the point in sharing all those details about setting and story if that's all they wanted?

Of course, publishers do it differently, so I hope you are pleased with your cover. Look forward to seeing it. I really liked Marianne's dinosaur one for her story with her publisher. Some thought about story content clearly went into it.


Allie Boniface said...

I like Marianne's cover too, and I also like the covers that are currently up for the other Virtual Tales stories, so yeah, I'm hoping that mine has a little bit of character as well. Not much I can do to control it now, though.