One of the things that I like to do that probably seems strange to other writers is early on in the process of writing a story I like to make a cover.
The first reason is that I like all the arts, sketching characters or scenes from my stories is just as natural as writing about them in the first place. It’s fun, it’s creative, it keeps all the juices flowing. I’m a decent cartoonist-style artist and an amateur with graphics programs but it’s fun to see what I can come up with.
The second reason is something that other writers might consider, a cover is good motivation. It’s a symbol of the end-goal of writing. I’m not just playing around, writing something for a lark, this is going to be a book. It makes me visualize the completed project which helps keep me motivated to finish it. Out of all the stories that I’ve started or worked on over the last year, I’ve completed the first draft of 80% that I made a cover for (Sadie’s story is still in work).
Whether or not the covers actually get used for the books doesn’t matter, I’ve had fun and they’ve helped keep me going. That’s something that other writers should maybe consider doing themselves. Why leave it to the end when there are benefits to doing it in earlier? Something to think about.
Here are a couple of the ones I’ve done over the last year, newest to oldest.