If you were to look at my blog post drafts, you would find three drafts (if not more) that are what I call idea collections or literary concept art. These posts contain random scenes, sentences, and quotes. If I come up with an idea I like, I type it up in these posts. Sometimes, like the last scene in Episode 15 of The Phantom Jedi, the scenes are almost unedited. Other times they get edited quite a bit, like the proposal scene from Episode 6 of The Gotham Enigma.
A few months ago I wrote a post about the importance of concept art for writers. In that post I was referring to images drawn with a pencil or pen. In this post I am talking about the importance of the kind of concept art (that for me at least) comes from a keyboard.
The thing is when I start developing a story, it is all a concept inside my head. I use my imagination to walk my characters through scenarios to figure out how they would act. Often these are situations that won’t fit in the story, but many of them might eventually. So I take notes.
Originally these notes would just be jotted down words on a random piece of paper, but I was having a hard time remembering what they meant. Nowadays I type up in the ideas in my idea drafts and save them until I have a place for them in the story. I love it when I find the perfect place for the random ideas I come up with.
Scenes are the majority of the literary concept art I create. This can be a conversation or an action that a character is involved in. Both of the examples I used above fall into this category.
Then there are the single sentences that can be either a beginning of a scene or a quote. Often times it will be the basis for a scene or a reminder of what a character thinks about a certain thing. An example of this would be Acacia’s speech about the neutrality of Mandalore from Episode 1 of The Phantom Jedi. That speech was based on a sentence very similar to this one from the speech: “Would you risk the future of Mandalore simply for your own temporary safety?”
To sum it up…
Literary Concept Art is a part of my writing style, a part that while frustrating at times is amazing when it works. Using my Writing Sidekick and the mobility of my new iPad Pro®, I keep a bundle of plot twists ready to enhance my stories. And until I need them, they can continue to inspire other ideas as well.