Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Paint Your Story With Pictures

A picture is worth 1,000 words.

One of my writing mentors from Ramona, Byron Mettler, taught me an important writing lesson about painting pictures.  When he is working on a scene for a chapter, he searches the internet for pictures similar to the setting he is writing about.  He displays the picture in front of him while writing so he can observe important details.

Screen writers often use story boards to paint pictures of their scenes.  I also do this in my daily blog stories, looking for pictures to help readers see what I see when I write.  Sometimes, I like to close my eyes and visualize a place where my characters in my stories live and work.  Once I get a picture in my mind, I browse through online images and save them to a file I can review during the editing process.

How do you use pictures to paint your stories?  Your comments are welcome below.

1 comment:

  1. Have not done a lot with pictures, but I do keep motivational sayings in front of me for motivation. But, I have been making a point to focus more on pictures to see how doing so affects my motivation. I am sort of experimenting with taking unusual photos and then writing about how & why they struck me as funny, odd or whatever. We'll see where this experiment take me. I also am dabbling in Pinterest as part of this experiment too. Not sure how I will work all this into my blogging, but I am sure it will somehow.