*raising hand* I'm so guilty of every one of these things.
The poster is by Christine Kane from the fabulous Living a Beautiful Life blog. Click poster to go to the direct post about it.
1-4 are calling my name because I do each of those every time I sit down to write. Seriously. I didn't realize how harmful those things can be, but Kane is absolutely right. They're counterproductive and they kill creativity. I need to hang this poster up in my home office or make it my desktop.
In that vein, I'd like to create inspiration boards for my next novel, with photos and words and phrases to inspire me and help me stay focused on what I want the end result to look like. I was kinda iffy on whether inspiration boards were really helpful until I posted about abandoned houses and these photos actually inspired my next book:
See more abandoned houses here. I love this umbrella, this bookcase, and the utter creepiness of shots like this one. I could browse those photos for hours. (And probably will; I need to fill those boards.)
You can see some cool inspiration boards in this Flickr group. The Inspiration Boards Blog has some awesome art. Do you do inspiration boards for your stories? How do you do it? And if you've ever posted your inspiration boards, let me know because I'd love to see them.