Fashion Magazines and Writing

I have a confession to make.

I subscribe to several fashion magazines.

I keep them in the bathroom, mostly. Sometimes I take them on airplanes.

But, see, they are good for my writing. Really.

Fashion magazines are very image-heavy. They make a nice break from reading prose, and (unlike comics) let my mind wander a bit while I look at them. Fashion photography is often very strange, juxtaposing languid women in sleek outfits with bizarre settings, such as a lipstick factory. Even the more ordinary photographs sometimes, to me, seem bizarre, like science fiction. They spark weird ideas in my mind, unlikely connections.

They take me into a different world. Sometimes, that’s what you need.

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. Her blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and occasional author interviews.
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2 Responses to Fashion Magazines and Writing

  1. I’ll take your subscriptions and raise you newsstand purchases as well! (Dare we say addicted?) Love fashion magazines and your excuse works for me! But I do think that when you work with words all day, you enjoy switching to images. At least, that’s what I tell myself…

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