I was floundering a bit the other day as I was trying to write, so I decided to take a break to refocus. I thought it would be fun to make a mock-up of the cover for my WIP. I know that when it's done I will have precious little to say about the cover, but hey that's a ways down the road.
So, I searched morguefile.com and Google for all sorts of keywords, the last being "woman sleeping" since part of the story centers around dreams. I sifted through hundreds of photos, none of them feeling just right. Then I found it. It literally jumped off the page at me. A painting by Anikeev Sergey. So I put it on the front of my fake book, added my name below. All I needed now was a title. Ha! My list of potential titles was a mile long.
[CENSORED. I was going to share my pitiful list of potential titles with you, but then Slushie's going to have The Next Top Title Blogfest so I pulled the list and will reveal it in June with everyone else.]
I wasn't in love with any of my original title options. They only captured PART of the book, kinda like a gorgeous new pair of shoes that feel good at first but eventually they rub your feet raw.
The other problem was I didn't have that much space on my fake book cover for a title. Most of my options would require a smaller font to fit, and I wanted something bold.
What to do? What to do?
Then it hit me. Looking at the picture, one word summed it up.
That IS my book on sooo many levels. I put it all together and voila! I had my inspirational cover. I love love love it. Looking at the cover makes me WANT to write more. Makes me want to live up to the hidden promise of this picture.
I found this to be a very worthwhile experiment. I don't want to tear you away from working on your WIPs, especially since chances are no one is going to use our version of the cover, but I highly recommend creating your fake cover page to help keep you inspired. I've posted mine in the sidebar so I see it everyday.