Hint of the week for writers. I’ve mentioned before that I often write the last chapter first. (I will eventually rewrite it for the final version.) This helps me stay on course for the whole book. And there is another thing I do that one would not normally be consider as an aid. Since I have all of my novels both in eBook form, and as paper backs, I often will prepare the COVER before I get too far into the book.
There are many sources on the Internet of free pictures. (DO NOT use a copyrighted picture! You don’t want anyone stealing your writing, and that goes for photographers also. Honor their copyright.) That being said, I repeat, there are many sources of free pictures that you can use that capture the “feeling” you want your novel to portray. I can’t emphasize strongly enough that your cover is the reader’s first impression of what is inside the book. So make the cover something that tells the reader, “This is a mystery” or “This is romance” or whatever you want to imply.
Now, I am proficient at using Photoshop so I always build my covers myself. But even if you can’t do that, if you just keep the cover photo you choose in your writing file and take a look at it before you begin the next chapter, it will give you some inspiration to get the right feeling on paper (or your word processor).
Yes, it’s a little thing, but it is the little hints that I have picked up from successful writers that keep me scribbling. Good luck with your writing. Keep doing it!