The Soul Hook - 50pct cover
The Soul Hook
The Soul Hook - 50pct cover
The Soul Hook

NaNoWriMo Inspiration Creation

I’ve been stealing minutes throughout the week, cobbling together a cover for my NaNoWriMo 2013 WIP. As you can tell, the working title has changed from A Parting War to The Soul Hook. I can’t use this as an eventual cover because at least half of the elements are copyrighted, but I wanted to draw something up for a few reasons:

  • It’s fun!
  • I’d like to have something as a reference for someone who actually knows what they’re doing. That way I can say, “I want it to have this sort of vibe.”
  • Inspiration!

If you find yourself slogging through your current project, try and create a cover. You never know what it may spark.


0 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Inspiration Creation

  1. I love that you did this, Phillip, what a great idea! I should have done it with my two NaNo projects. Thanks so much for sharing…you’ve inspired me!

    1. Thank you Jill! I think I’ll print it out and hang it over my desk. I hope it works just as well for you.

  2. What a fantastic plan! And what a fantastic cover. That is amazing. I plan to do something similar when i get photoshop for my new computer – steal a load of images to cobble together an idea of what i want then give it to a professional to do it the legal way 🙂 I would love to have a hand in the art. This is amazing, looking forward to seeing the finished product. Great title too

    1. Thank you J. S. Glad you like the cover and title. 🙂 I don’t have Photoshop, but used a free clone called GIMP. It takes a little getting used to, but seems to be almost as powerful as PS. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

  3. I love this idea for getting the juices flowing. Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Thanks Candace! It really does seem to give me that extra little kick when I need it most.

  4. Wow, that is so cool! Too bad you can’t use it as is… That critter in the sky is gonna give me nightmares, though. ?

    1. Sorry for the nightmares Kevin! Hopefully when the book is finished, the somewhat happy ending will ease the pain. 🙂

  5. Wow, I’m jealous of your skills. I can’t do ANYTHING like that!

    1. I doubt that Kate! You’re a creative type like the rest of us. Just need a little practice. I used to design t-shirts for a company I owned awhile back, so I picked up a few tricks along the way.

      1. You know, I can write, I can draw a little, but for some reason I doubt I could do this. Formatting a book also seems impossible to me. I’m a little nervous about computer stuff. 🙂

        1. You know, the great thing about computer stuff is you can keep messing up over and over. Disk space is cheap. 🙂

          Check this out to get you started:

          Once you get the basics down, you can find more advanced tutorials in places like this:

          A word of warning though.. you will find this so much fun it will become a time suck!

          1. Ooooh, that’s the last thing I need!

            But thanks!

  6. Great tip. Love the idea of ‘side projects’ related to a WIP that not only help you get some mojo back but could also be useful down the line (and J.S. Collyer, I’m stealing your idea of stealing ideas for an professional cover!)

    1. You should totally steal the stolen idea!

  7. Looks great! Even with copyrighted material, I can’t do something this good.

    1. THank you Miss Alexandrina. 🙂 Like I told Kate, you could definitely do this. Just play around with GIMP or Photoshop for a bit and follow along with some good tutorials on the web. You’ll pick it up in no time.

      1. Hehe, well, time is something I don’t really have at the moment. I wish I could do more creative WIP-related projects, but that would mean sacrificing the editing or writing of said project.

        1. Yeah, I guess we do need priorities. 🙂

  8. Awesome idea! And I really like the cover.

    1. Thank you Sara! Hope it works for you on your project.

  9. It’s a cool cover (copyright violations and all ;)) – and the idea is kind of like writing a premise sentence. Forcing myself to distill my novel’s essence into one concise sentence (and I’m finding mine keeps changing as I outline), is a difficult but powerful exercise. Keeps me focused on what I think it’s supposed to be all about.

    1. Thank you Gwen. 😉 You got it right, the idea is totally like that… Helps you focus on what the story is about. I also think it’s a way to eliminate that problem where a cover just doesn’t seem to match the story inside. I know I’ve been disappointed a few times by that in the past.

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