Monday, October 21, 2013

Little Bits of Inspiration #1 - A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

When you're a writer, one of the most thrilling moments you can find yourself in is when you're in your "madman" phase*, writing away, seeing the scenes in your head and getting them down on paper, the words coming so fast that your fingers can't even keep up. It's like watching a movie or TV show, being taken along for a ride, it's fun and makes you feel really good about yourself. If only all writing could be like this....

If you're a writer.....then you know this happens maybe 2% of the time. The rest of the time you're revising, over thinking, getting stuck inside your mind. "Which word is better here.......purple or violet?"

Or then there's the times when you think, I gotta try something new.....and you think, and you think, and it's either one bad idea after another, or worse..... nothing.....a purely blank canvas with absolutely nothing.

If you're a're no stranger to feeling stuck. We've all been there.

So, I've decided to add a new "series" to my blog, Little Bits of Inspiration......when I think of something that might help, a tool, a book, or whatever it may be on that day, I've decided I'll start sharing.

So, my first recommendation is this nifty little book I picked up at Borders (RIP, my favorite bookstore....) a few years back.....
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It's called A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words and it's by Phillip Sexton, with Photos by Tricia Bateman. You can find it here on Amazon. Basically, this book is a fun tool to spark ideas, full of photos and prompts. You don't necessarily have to follow the prompts, sometimes the pictures alone are enough, but in those moments when you need to get something down on paper, this is a fun way to get your brain in motion. Even if what you're writing is meaningless and absolute junk, you've at least gotten something down on paper, and who knows, it could turn into something later, right? Right!


*See Betty Sue Flowers Article, Madman, Architect, Carpenter, Judge: Roles and the Writing Process

1 comment:

  1. yes, a picture speaks volumes
    good idea !
    I just joined in.
    Keep inform


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