I love moodboards and aesthetics, okay? Going to call myself out right away, because you’ll probably see a lot more of these.
But they’re not just nice to look at – they can be really useful, too! When you only have a handful of images to convey your idea, you really have to think about what elements are important, how they express the look or capture the overall tone. Each image you choose is important.
And since I’m in the middle of edits for this novel, I figured it would be a good creative exercise to condense the concept behind it into only 9 images.
If you don’t know, The Wolves of the Far North is the novel I finished at the beginning of this year and I finally started my first round of edits this summer. It’s a YA fantasy novel about two sisters who are rivals competing for membership in an elite group of warriors that protect their village, and what happens to that elite group, their village, and their relationship with each other when the South invades their territory.
I think it turned out pretty nice! There are a lot of characters, so I tried not to focus too much on the people, especially since it’s about family and camaraderie more than any one person. It takes place in a very snowy village, which I have mentioned before, and weaponsmithing is very important to their culture and their way of life.
It also took a lot longer than I expected it to. Finding the images wasn’t too hard – I’ve been amassing hundreds on Pinterest for a while now. But it took me a couple hours to choose the right ones, and another couple to play around with the images themselves, cropping them, moving them, flipping them around and editing them where I felt I needed to create an aesthetically pleasing final product. I think it does a pretty good job of distilling the most essential parts of the story into a 3×3 moodboard.
Making moodboards is always fun, and I find it incredibly helpful too. I’m a very visual person, so this sort of prep can be invaluable! I’ll probably do more of these with each of the main characters as well. It really does give you clarity about the story as a whole.
What do you think of my moodboard? Do you find them useful as well? Do you enjoy them? Do you think they’re overused? Let’s chat aesthetics in the comments below!