I think everyone is familiar with the cliche, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” While my technical writing teacher that pictures without words can only lead to confusion, it is true that sometimes photos and paintings can say more or provoke more than an essay on the subject. Because of how deeply images can evoke emotion, they can be handy tools in writing, which leads me to this week’s exercise:
Select an image. It could be a painting on the wall, a photo in a magazine, or the result of a random Google image search. It doesn’t matter, as long as the image catches your attention. Now, write a scene using the image as inspiration. Or, perhaps you could write a scene (or a whole story) about what you think is going on in that image. Let your mind go wild.