Inspired by the WordPress Daily Post photo challenge for the week: Textures, I started thinking of how that word resonates in my life.

In my writing, I’m always working to add layers of complexity to my fictional characters so that they resonate more believably with the reader. More than just a physical appearance (althouth that is important too), I want to capture the essence of my characters. I’ll be talking more in my blog later about techniques I use to add those layers–texture if you will—but today I’m posting a picture of the picture board I keep next to my computer as I write.

This collage of photos captures various qualities I see in my characters. It also includes images of houses they might live in, local geographical features and relationships.

Keeping that visual in front of me all the time helps me stay consistent in my character development and the texture I add enriches the characters I create and the stories I write. And, yeah, it’s fun to create the textured collage.

Another aspect of texture in my life is the thread or yarn I use to crochet, knit or weave.

It is such a joy to shop for the thread–so many colors and, duh, textures.

I love the feel of the thread as I work it on my needles and the feel of it when the project is complete.






Finally, I love the textures created by the various plants in my gardens. Right now, the sweet potato vines are creating a jungle for my cats to prowl.


About Sharon K Owen

I am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in 2016. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).

Posted on October 2, 2011, in Arts and Crafts, Gardening, Needlework, Pets, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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