Author Doodles

Do you sketch or doodle to help your writing?

Writers like Jack Kerouac, J.R.R. Tolkien, Sylvia Plath and T.S. Eliot all drew illustrations privately or publicly.

Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass said, “Invariably the first drafts of my poems combine drawings and verse, sometimes taking off from an image, sometimes from words.”

Kurt Vonnegut found oil paint “such a commitment,” and watercolors “too bland, too weak,” but he loved the “brilliant colors” of Magic Markers.

For me drawing isn’t entirely unlike writing. You imagine something, make an initial sketch and then add details. I find illustrations make imaginary things seem more “real” and concrete in the early stages of composition.

Here are a few of my own. I did these for “The Mouth” which is available on preorder and out September 1st. on Amazon.

If you do have illustrations for your work please leave a link in the comments or contact me on social media (sidebar on the right) and I’ll try and put together a blog showcasing other author drawings.


map 2.2

Map of the Curfew. I find making a map for any imaginary geography helpful.


Member of a Mobile Fire Unit

The Old Sea Fort sketch

A stilted structure.

The Old Church

There is a hidden Resistance base around here!

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