If you’ve ever tried to write a story, you know the most important decision is how you’re going to procrastinate. There are lots of ways to procrastinate, from spending time on Facebook and Tumblr to keeping bees (if you’re Neil Gaiman, anyways.)
I’ve found the best form of procrastination is anything that keeps your attention and energy on your story. You might be tired of staring at the black-and-white screen of a word processor, but don’t let yourself believe you’re tired of your story! That’s my secret, anyways.
With the release of The Neverland Wars this week, I’m sharing a lot of my procrastination projects, including book-look outfits for my characters!
The three most important characters you’ll meet in the first chapters of the book are Gwen, her sister Rosemary, and her maybe-kinda-friend-crush-person, Jay. I’m sure readers will dream up their own images of the characters, but here’s the outfits I picked out for each of those three:
Eight-years-old and full of joy, Rosemary wears a denim dress with sunshine yellow leggings so that she can somersault and cartwheel like a lady. If we wanted to be more accurate, we’d already have grass stains on those pretty leggings. I wanted to pick out a sweet, bright pink shoe for her, but who am I kidding? This girl would probably be running around barefoot. Because she has no conception of color matching, she also has a pale pink shirt and a headband full of fabric flowers that are yet another shade of pink.
For Jay, I picked out a pair jeans and then a nice soft pocket t-shirt… because pocket t-shirts are under- rated and life is better when you wear comfy clothes. Jay is pretty down to earth, so he’s got a simple belt and then a G-Shock watch, because those things are durable and awesome, and even tell you the phase of the moon. I gave him white shoes, but they’d be a lot dirtier than they look in this picture. He would have spilled so much charcoal and other art supplies on them by now, not to mention all the dirt from running around and playing football with his brother, Rodger. I chose that sweatshirt since it was letterman style, and he’s got his letterman with the high school football team.
Finally, I have the outfit for my wonderful protagonist. Her fashion sense hasn’t evolved much in the past five years, so she still enjoys simple sun dresses. Just because she’s feminine doesn’t mean she wants to draw attention to her curves or show a lot of skin. With that, she’s got a warm, white cardigan. A white sweater is a practical garment, and can go with almost any outfit. Her sandals don’t have heels because she might need to run or skip somewhere, even if it is just to keep up with her little sister. She doesn’t need a big purse, but does wear a cross-body bag so that her hands are always free. Gwen’s jewelry is colorful and simple: she’s got a pendant necklace like a feather and a bracelet like leaves… because even the big sister needs a little something sunshine yellow and green like grass stains.
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