A Picture’s Worth . . . How Many Words?

Returning to the picture as writing prompt today, with a variation: I’m giving you two photos, one suggestive of place and the other of emotion and conflict.

I invite you to let them take you where they will: a memory, a bit of fiction, a poem. Whatever you write, have fun! Please post a bit here in the comments.

Here we go . . .

Panther Crossing/Gerry Wilson

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Monday Discovery: Joe Bunting’s The Write Practice

At The Write Practice, Joe Bunting offers not only sound writing advice; he offers the opportunity to practice whatever skill he’s exploring on a given day. This article, 16 Observations About Real Dialogue, is one of the best I’ve read. Very practical.

For example, here’s Observation # 5:

5. Real People Refuse to Repeat Themselves

Sometimes, when the other per­son can’t hear and says, “Huh? What did you say?” real peo­ple don’t repeat them­selves. They say, “Nothing. It’s not impor­tant. Never mind. I’ll tell you later. Forget it.”

Sometimes, this leads to bickering.

This tech­nique is espe­cially effec­tive if a char­ac­ter has just said some­thing vul­ner­a­ble. People will rarely repeat some­thing embar­rass­ing or hurt­ful or vul­gar. You can draw atten­tion to their vul­ner­a­bil­ity by hav­ing them refuse to repeat themselves.

“Team Solitary”
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Visit  The Write Practice, a great resource  for both beginning and more experienced writers.

A Picture’s Worth . . . How Many Words? # 2

Here’s the second photo in the series that began a couple of weeks ago:  A Picture’s Worth  . . . How Many Words? (Click on the link to see the first one.)

The point? A prompt that’s the opposite of a photo challenge. Instead of finding or shooting a photo to suit the word/s, you bring the words to the photo.

Maybe it’ll trigger a memory or  prompt a story or poem.  The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination!

So jump in . . . Write about what’s happening in the picture. Write what came before. Write what comes after. Take it anywhere you like . . .

I would love to see what you do! Post your first 100 words or a few lines of a poem in a comment. Or share a link to a longer piece.

Happy writing!

[The photo has a title, but I’m not going to give it to you!]
http://www.istockphoto.com / photo by CREATISTA