So, I’ve been thinking again (I hate when that happens) about writer’s block and where ideas come from. I know how to feed my dragon when I have an idea and I just can’t get to the details. And that usually works for me very well. But there are so many times when there are hundreds or thousands of butterfly words chasing each other around in my head and I don’t know what order they want to take, or what subject they want to settle on. I just can’t find one subject that will make them happy.
Other times, I have kind of an idea for a setting where I want something to happen, but I really want to have a more concrete idea, a more real picture of what I’m struggling with. I can’t quite get it right in my mind’s eye. And when that happens, I can’t get passed it until I can figure out what might be the tiniest detail.
There are incredible places on line where you can find random pictures that can feed your imagination. You can search for pictures of things, like red door or ugly car. Or you can find random pictures that speak to you. Flickr will let you find pictures that were randomly recently uploaded. They can fuel your thought process, or you can decide that your character is the one uploading them and figure out what he might be thinking as he turns then lose into the wild.
The internet can be an incredible place to waste time. But it can be a font of information to tap into. Use whatever tools that might fall to your hands (photography books in the library, google images, or the two places I enjoy hunting: