Photography and writing

I don’t talk a lot about my personal “real” life stuff on my blog, mainly because I think you’d be pretty bored, but also because it isn’t really relevant to my writing.But one thing that helps me with writing is photography, and I thought today I’d discuss a little about that.

I believe that sometimes (at least for me) it helps to SEE what you are trying to write. A good way to do that is to go out and snap a photo of it and really examine what part you are trying to write. Or if you need inspiration for something, a photo can fix whatever is blocking your mind from getting it out on the page.

For example, I love still-life shots. How can you describe an apple if you don’t look at one?

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copyright KimSmith

or a beach path if you haven’t seen one?

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copyright kim smith

or write about a bride’s elation as she waits to meet her groom unless you have been there?

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copyright kim smith

So- as you can see, photography and writing do go hand-in-hand. I have to say, if I had my camera handy on the occasions when I really needed one, I would have a whole lot of great images to select for inspiration. Alas, I seem to always need it and never have it, so instead use my camera phone. (these images were NOT shot with a camera phone)

Regardless, if you take a shot with a camera of any kind when you need a picture to paint those words, you will be glad you did.

About master

Kim Smith is the author of Disk of Death, The Dread Room, Love Inn, and An Unexpected Performance.

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