Infographics provide an excitement and “newness” factor that a paper and pencil list simply can’t exceed. Today, I will be sharing with you a carefully crafted list of infographics that writers should make a priority to read before they outline and write their next book.
These infographics do not consist of the typical tossed tricks and shreds of advice. Instead, these infographics are more unique and are ones you might not anticipate to be important before the act of writing.
Why is it helpful to know the distinction of shoes a character might wear? Or why is it necessary to know the constellations of the sky? Perhaps, what is the importance of character personality in connection to their handwriting?
Find out more below.
*All infographics were found on Pinterest.
Almost every book I have read explains to the reader what a character is wearing. Maybe it’s the simple colors of their shirt and pants. Or maybe it’s describing the flow and glitz of a high-end dress.
Knowing the name of the items that dress our characters is important. This includes the shoes that cram onto their feet.
The infographic above illustrates the names of varying shoe styles. This can help correctly name a certain shoe style and to find the style that correlates to what makes sense based on the setting. For example, Mary Jane Flats might be better to wear at a wedding than Docksides. Sandals may provide better boardwalk walking than Oxfords. Ballerina flats might be cuter for a first date than sneakers.
Know your shoe, know your story.
In stories, night comes and goes just like daylight. And the sky and stars often become victim of simile and metaphor. It is because of these comparisons that knowledge about the constellations is important.
When can constellation knowledge come in handy? Even if a writer does not reveal when a character’s birthday is, the protagonist and antagonist still has one. Will the pattern of that character’s constellation be of importance? Will it symbolize something more than just a collection of stars?
The infographic above shows all of the constellations, displaying the true patterns and names of each.
I used this infographic to examine my own handwriting, decoding the personality types and characteristics it says about me. Evaluating, I believe every quality is true.
Even as a writer, I think we often times glance over the handwriting styles a character has the power to possess. The appearance of their handwriting isn’t necessarily something that is featured in our initial outlines and plans for the story. But should it be?
Not every character has to have an entire paragraph about the style of their handwriting, but in a story where the character seems to have secrets and not be who they claim, this idea of describing their handwriting in a way that reveals qualities about them, might be an intriguing take. And it quite possibly could be a new angle of characterization that the reader hasn’t come across in other books.
This infographic gives examples of font spacing, pressure, and more. Take the time to take the test yourself, you might come to realize a few traits that were once unknown to you.
Don’t worry, this infographic is not encouraging you to write an entire book in a language other than the one you are native to. But surely, you will develop a character who is from another country or likes to toss in a few terms from another language while engaging in conversation.
This infographic picks a variety of countries and shows how those of that origin would speak the word “hello.” Does a character want to greet themselves in Turkish, Hebrew, or Thai? Well, now they can!
The Coffee Generation is brewing strong! Your characters are likely going to want to grab a cup or two of their own as they progress through your story. Let them! It will help keep them awake in the upcoming scenes.
This infographic is a lovely stylized form that illustrates coffee types and their ingredients. This can come in handy for when a character wants to order their own beverage or if they work at a coffee shop/cafe. Properly naming the coffee in which the character is drinking or making is more descriptive than just consistently using the word, “coffee.”
Oh, how times have certainly changed! This infographic of television evolution surely proves this fact. Some characters may not want the new and improved things in life and would much rather stick to the original models of technology.
If it makes sense for a certain character and their family to be a little bit old-fashioned, let them communicate this to you. And as the writer, communicate that fact to the reader through the type of television they watch shows and movies on.
Which infographic did you find most appealing?
Which infographic will you use for your writing in the future?
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Thank you for reading!