Here’s a suggestion for writers – carry a camera with you. You never know when you’ll come across something you’ll want to use in your book. Maybe a house that would be perfect as a restaurant in the small town where your book is set. Maybe a conglomeration of conflicting road signs all on one post. Maybe a wonderful river banked by large draping trees where your characters could sit for a picnic.
What brought this to mind was that yesterday I plugged my camera into my computer in order to transfer the pictures. I discovered it’d been a long time since I’d done this “housework.” Two pictures were of the sky with a small white dot against the blue. Huh? Took me a few minutes to remember back to when a neighbor emailed saying the shuttle would be flying directly overhead in about ten minutes. I had grabbed my camera and raced outside. And, there it was. I got two pics before it disappeared. Then the pictures sat in my camera.
Seeing them reminded me of what a thrill it had been to see the shuttle. And it made me think of the different ways a writer could use a camera to keep track of ideas inspired by our surroundings or to have a physical reminder of some image or place we might want to use in the future.
If you don’t want to lug a camera in your purse or pocket, consider putting a disposal camera in the glove compartment or suitcase. Once you print the pictures or put them on your computer, label them as to date and place. That way, if you want, you can go back to do more research.
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a picture can also inspire those words.
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