Gardening Tools: Picture It

hibiscus3.jpgWe’ve all heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Have you ever considered your camera an essential writing tool?

For Inspiration

Bring your camera with you wherever you go. You never know when you’ll see something that inspires you. It might be a landscape or scene that you can build a story around. It might be an interesting person who you can transform into your protagonist. Maybe it’s a landscape that inspires a poem.

If you’re prepared, you can click a quick photo so you don’t forget the details. Your photos can reside in your idea file along with your other ideas.

You may even consider taking a photo excursion. Go to a specific place and take random photos. Let them inspire you later. Imagine stories and articles as you go through them.

Besides a story, your photos may inspire a gardening or parenting article. You may find an idea for a devotion. Let your photos take your mind on an adventure and you may discover an idea.

For Illustration

Maybe you’ve already written the article. Take photos to illustrate it. It adds more value to the article if you can provide photos that are well done. The big publications use professional photographers. But, smaller publications can’t go that route. Many will pay you extra if you can illustrate the article yourself.

If you don’t know the basics of photography, take a class. Or, check out some of the how-to books that teach you photography principles.

Use your photos to inspire those thousand words. Use them to add more value to your work. Either way, you’ll soon discover that your camera becomes almost as important as your computer.

© Deborah Christensen

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Posted on June 17, 2013, in fiction, gardening, inspiration, nonfiction, parenting, poetry, writer's life, writing, writing ideas, writing prompt and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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