I created this collage about 6 months ago. My character Rocco wasn’t developing or evolving because I couldn’t get a clear idea of who he is. Because of his age, I found creating pictures of who I think he is would make the writing process flow much easier. As if turns out I was right.
This huge canvas hangs above my sofa in my writing area of my apartment. Before each session I’ll stare at it until I hear his voice, and wait for him to tell me what to do.
In creating this collage I used the idea of Vision Boards. I collected photos of things, people and places that I felt Rocco would be interested in. I arranged the pictures on the canvas in a way that exampled his energy. Starting from the base I glued the pictures so they fanned out toward the top. This is his energy – he’s like a tree. From root to branch there’s something to look at, something to study and learn from, and he’s amazing to watch.
I use a lot of collages to help me get into his world, Life on Emerson Ave. Sometime, I create collages to start a writing project, other times I use it to help me decode a message that I’m not understanding. For the most part, working on collages keeps me interested in writing. After all, when it comes down to it, everyone is a writer but few have a completed book.