The Aesthetic of My Book | blog tag

Hey, everyone! Today I’m doing something new and exciting… drum roll please…

I’m starting a blog tag!

I’ve really jumped on board this blog tag thing and have started really enjoying them. I hope you guys are enjoying me doing them as much as I’m having fun with them.

This blog tag is a topic close to my heartโ€”aesthetics. The first step for me after I come up with a new story idea is creating a Pinterest board for it and deciding on the over all aesthetic of the story. All the vibes and wonderful feels… *sigh* Agh! I love it.

So let’s jump right into this blog tag and give it a go!

Rules:

  1. Mention the creator, Allyson (and link back to the original post).
  2. Include the tag challenge graphic somewhere in your post.
  3. Shout out and link to whoever tagged you!
  4. Answer each aesthetic prompt. Please include pictures if you’re able, if not simply explain the aesthetic to the best of your ability. You may be as in-depth or as short as you’d like.
  5. Tag as many people as you wish!

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Overall Aesthetic of Your Book

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Whenever I start a new Pinterest board for a new story it’s usually just a dump of pins that I later branch into sections. There’s something about that first dump though, I feel like that’s when I get the best feel for the overall aesthetic of my story. It’s a beautiful thing.

When I scrolled through my Pinterest board to find a few pins that I felt was the overall aesthetic of my book, I realized that a lot of the pins have a sort of darker feel to them. I just wanted to clarify, that’s not entirely the feel of the story. XD Not sure how that happened. This story, while it does deal with a lot of trauma and grief (*wants to give spoiler, struggles, refrains* Let’s just say… a lot of trauma and grief…), is actually a very funny, uplifting story. Or at least I hope I’m achieving it to be that way. XD Because since it deals with a few heavier topics, I wanted to balance that out with a lot of light hearted moments. With my main character, Oliver, that’s not too hard to accomplish. -_-

Location Aesthetic

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As I’m sure you can tell, this book is set in England. *sigh* It’s so beautiful! One day it’s my dream to visit England and explore all the sights. Maybe I’ll do that when this book is released as a sort of celebration. I can stroll down the cobblestone streets on a rainy day and think of Oliver and all the times he did the exact same thing.

Fun fact! There’s an ice cream shop that Oliver goes to in my book and it’s actually a real place. I already know, whenever I get to England, I’m definitely visiting it! Hopefully with this book in tow. โค

Main Character Aesthetic

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These pins don’t do Oliver justice… though they are pretty awesome. They show more of his moody side however and I much prefer his playful, pranking side. Well, sometimes I prefer it… it depends on whether or not he’s ruining a scene with that side or not. XD

Also, please note that this book is contemporary, not historical. XD I found out that my inspiration for Oliver is actually Laurie from one of the Little Women versions. I have never seen this version though so I had no idea! So these are him in every way except for the clothes… he’s definitely more a t-shirts and jeans kind of guy. XD

Side Character Aesthetic

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There’s several side characters in this book but, sadly, I don’t have pin inspiration for all of them. I realized I don’t even have a pin for Oliver’s best friend, Edmond! The pin on the right is the closest I have. I can totally see Edmond staring out at the ocean, a cup of tea in hand, probably thinking of some way to get Oliver out of whatever trouble he’d gotten himself into this time. XD The middle pin is also for Edmond and Oliver. They really are like a little gang sometimes, it’s a lot of fun. XD

The pin on the left… Well, that’s classified. All I can say is that he’s another side character and now I’m going to zip my mouth before I say too much. XD

Quote Aesthetic

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Ahh, the quotes! They give all the feels! I have a lot more on my Pinterest board but I felt these four portrayed the story the best. The second one was actually one of the first pins I’d found for the board. It’s Oliver so much. The fourth one is too. Who am I kidding? They all are! XD The first one is a very accurate portrayal of the story as a whole though and the third one, well, I feel Oliver needs to quote this somewhere in the book. XD

Vibes

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VIBESSSSSSS! Save the best for last, right? XD This is such an important part of planning a new story for me. They play such a key part in my story whenever I write it. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who will read a book solely for the vibes it has in it?)

For this story, there’s an obvious vibe of mystery. There’s so much mystery in this story it makes my head spin sometimes. XD I told a friend of mine recently that this story has more layers than a whole bushelful of onions. Ugh!

And, of course, rain. *sigh* A certain friend of mine has introduced me to the beauty of rain and I will forever be grateful to her for it. I now love going on walks in the rain and soaking it all in. I love the look of raindrops on a window. And the smell… oh, the smell. Every part of it is so gorgeous! So I couldn’t help myself, I incorporated all of that into this story. XD Oliver is just as much a fanatic about rain and I love it!

I’ll stop there before I start naming every minuscule vibe this story may or may not have just because I’m that much of a nut about them. XD

Tags

Now for the tags! I really hope you enjoyed this post and that you’ll consider doing it yourself. I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous aesthetics of your story!

Also, I hope that this blog tag will help you get excited about your story on an entirely new level. I know for myself and others as well, sometimes you need a pick me up when it comes to motivation and inspiration for a story. For me, aesthetics play a huge part in both of those things. I think this post was exactly what I needed to get me motivated for edits again after taking a short break, so I’m excited about that! I hope it’ll do the same for you!

(Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the tags. XD)

M.L. Milligan

Deigan Marie

Saraina Whitney

Sisters Three

Madisyn Carlin

Grace Johnson

And anyone else! This is an open tag so if you want to, go for it!

Your turn!

Do you make a Pinterest board for your stories? How do you come up with the aesthetic of your stories? Do you enjoy vibes?

Blessings, Allyson

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16 thoughts on “The Aesthetic of My Book | blog tag

  1. OH GIRL. Thank you soooo much for making this tag!!! I absolutely loved this post and I think the aesthetic is purely delightful. ๐Ÿ˜ Can’t WAIT for this book!!! (Also, I’ve noticed a lot of pins on Pinterest have a darker, moody feel to them, and sometimes my WIP boards end up a lot darker than I intended ๐Ÿ˜‚ So then I have to hunt for more light and sunny images that capture the other side of the story ๐Ÿ˜œ)

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    1. I’m so glad you liked it!!!! Aww, thanks so much!! I can’t wait to see the aesthetic of your story!! ๐Ÿ’™ (Haha! That is so true. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Which I partly like, partly don’t want to give the won’t impression, lol. ๐Ÿ˜† Yeah, I make sure to find plenty of fun, cheery pins to off set the others as well. ๐Ÿฅฐ)

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  2. Oh, these are so pretty! Haha, I do the same thing with my boards; just dump a ton of pins I like onto one, then sort them into sections before/during the writing of my first draft XD.
    If you don’t mind me asking, how is a vibe different than an aesthetic? I’d love to borrow this tag for a future story of mine, but I realized I don’t know the difference between the two *facepalm* *lol*.

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    1. Thanks! Haha! Yeah, itโ€™s a fun way to get all your thoughts together and then organize later. ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Hmm. Iโ€™ve never thought of that. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Iโ€™m not sure that there is much of a difference but when I think of them, the aesthetic is more appearance and the vibe is all the feels. Iโ€™m not saying thatโ€™s an accurate answer, just my thoughts, lol. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Thatโ€™s a very good question!! Ooh, I hope you do the tag! ๐Ÿ’™

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