It's a lot of work.
I'm collecting things for my novel or a future novel or a short. The stuff below is actually for my own benefit, so I can find these links again in the future. If I email them to myself the emails will get lost in amongst boring stuff. So that's the justification for this post, which to other people will probably seem out of place.
Character scrapbook: older man, well dressed:
point of interest: cardigan.
Fi's housing estate
The world/ the kinds of people who populate it:
Most of my novels have a playlist attached to them, or a style of music or a particular musician that represents something about that world or a character within it. The idea behind this is that I begin to form an association between that music and the novel, so if I need to work on it and I'm struggling to get into the zone, I can put on the associated music and be instantly in that zone. It's always difficult at the beginning because I've not yet formed that association. Here's some music that I think will form the association for my MA novel
character association: Ross (and Fi)
(four tet in general, as well as the four tet/ Burial collaborations.)
character association: Fi
Balam Acab's entire Wander/ Wonder album
character association: Mark