This image I found in the free commons on the web – it has kick-started my imagination and I’m now using it to work an opening paragraph for a short(ish) story I want to write.I’ve mapped out the central questions, and have started working on the character traits, the whys and wherefores of the man himself. I’m rather excited as the story popped into my head last night, not quite fully formed but enough to work with. It’s more than a fuzzy idea and the main characters in the story have already sprung fully formed in my mind – I can see and hear them. I’m using an iPad app to collate all the various characters, the scene setting, the outlines, ideas, relationships, the time period (which is not the same as the man obviously inhabits in the image), and the central hook to hang my hat on.
I found the image last week and saved it, as it suggested so many permutations which could be moulded into a narrative. I guess I’ve been thinking about it all week, as I kept on opening the image at least twice a day. So now down to the actual writing…..
My aim is to work on this as the time allows, and publish a paragraph or two each Wednesday for my Wednesday Writings blog. Some weeks I may not manage a paragraph from my story, but will always post something – a piece of poetry, something suggested from the Daily Prompt, or a musing.
Have you used an image/prompt/quotation as a device to work a narrative around?
If you have, how did it work for you? Did it help or hinder your imagination? Did it allow you to generate new ideas/new ways of approaching your writing/change your writing style?
I’d love to hear from you and read about your own thoughts and experiences.