Get The Picture

by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Note: All tumblr links are for those over 18 years of age

I don’t know what these panster folks are smoking, but I’m a plotter. I need outlines. I need a plan and for some strange reason, before I sit down to write a story, I need a contrete picture of a character in my head. So I take to Google, and then when I’m bogged down with porn and offensive stock images, I usually take to tumblr. Thank god for its search feature. Some times I’m watching a movie or a television show and I see an actor who just speaks to me. When I saw Quatum of Solace, Gemma Arterton immediately jumped out to me as the perfect Ginger. Over time, I saw other redheads who fit Ginger’s character as well. I love Kate Mara, but I think I’ve finally settled on Emma Stone. Never mind Better Off Red has been out for months.

Camila came to me as singer/model Cassie right away, but then there’s Demi Lovato, and Naya Rivera who looked ridiculously sexy in that horrible episode of Glee where Will had the kids in New Directions propose to Emma for him. Yaris Sanchez inspired Camila’s hot bod.

I have an unhealthy obsession with plus-sized model Tara Lynn. She was Benny before Benny had a name. The same thing happened with Cleo. When Daughters Of The Dragon first hit the shelves I could not get this depiction of Misty Knight out of my head, but it wasn’t until I met my tumblr friend Susy that Cleo had a face. Susy said I could share her face here.

When I came up with the character of Anna-Jade, Selena Gomez, who looks fifteen on a good day, immediately came to mind. For Dalhem, in human form of course, I found Sendhil Ramamurthy from Heroes.

When I started on The Fling, Oksana had hair. For like five minutes. Then I saw some naked pictures of Amber Rose online, pierced nipples and all, and I knew Oksana had to be bald. Annie started off as Elisha Culbert of 24 fame, but Melissa Debling kept popping up naked in my tumblr feed. It was easy to picture her and a naked Amber Rose together. This is one of two pictures I found of Melissa with her clothes on.

Right now, I’m working on another erotic, BDSM romance that I’m calling Suzy & Pilar. I’ve found Korean-Jamacian model/actress Tae Heckard for Suzy and Sara Ramirez for Pilar. Tae takes a ton of instagram pictures of herself and posts them on her blog. I’ve never seen someone so photogenic in sweatpants and a hat.

So this is where I start, with pictures. Lots of pictures. It helps get the writing process moving.

You can see the rest of what I had in mind for the girls of Alpha Better Omega and their sister-queens here: http://rebekahloves.tumblr.com/tagged/BetterOffRed

Pictures of various Annies, Oksanas and Kats can be found here: http://rebekahloves.tumblr.com/tagged/TheFling

Consider all pictures to be 18+.

17 Responses to “Get The Picture”


  1. 1 Will Masswa July 24, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    I, too, have been keenly inspired by the ‘look’ of someone. How easy (natural?) it is to take a face and unload feeling into fiction. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. 3 Lilaine July 24, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    I recognized everyone there but I’m not going to look at those until I’ve read the book.
    I kinda like how you describe your characters, and I don’t want to spoil the pleasure of discovering them through your eyes when I read ‘The Fling’. It’s enough that I merely took a glimpse (… :o) at the pics you posted here.πŸ˜‰

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  3. 4 Erin Saluta July 24, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    That is fun! You answer the question of who would you cast in what parts if your work was made into a movie. Love it!

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  4. 5 dawnbellville July 24, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    I’m a panster. I tend to break the rules…a lot. My character develops along the way, and her picture appears in my mind. Its hard for me to do it the other way around, although I have tried. Glad you found what works for you. What can be wrong with all those beautiful women to look at?πŸ™‚

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    • 6 rebekah weatherspoon July 24, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      i have NO idea how you pansters do it. im so crazy about figuring out every little piece before i even start. you all are very brave.πŸ™‚

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  5. 7 solargrrl July 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Enjoyed your post, Rebecca. Enjoyed the pictures, too. Visualizing your characters before and while writing would seem to allow you to get into their heads faster and perhaps more completely. I like seeing what they may look like beforehand and will look forward to reading what lives and experiences you have created for them in your book. Excellent marketing!

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  6. 8 D. Jackson Leigh July 24, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    I’m also a plotter, but my character begins with a name not a photo and that name tells me her personality and physical looks.

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  7. 10 Sue Flynn July 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Excellent plog now when I read I can picture the characters and the sex scenes will be a….little…more…interstingπŸ™‚

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  8. 11 Sheri Campbell July 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Always interested and amazed at how a creative mind works. I read The Fling after viewing your vlog with Carsen. You seemed like a character yourself. Your character descriptions let me form my own picture. Thanks .

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  9. 12 Kim July 24, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Let me just say, thanks for sharing!

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  10. 14 rebekah weatherspoon July 25, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    so here’s my dirty secret. the pictures help with the sex scenes. i need to see the people before i can write their kissing bits and touching bits. and other bits…πŸ™‚

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  11. 16 Kathleen Knowles July 25, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    I get your process completely. There’s nothing like seeing the photo of th woman who embodies the character we picture in our minds

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