Brin Jackson, Fantasy writer & daydreamer

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Photos. A thousand words, or not?

I’ve mulled over why I post a photo every Wednesday morning, and here is my logic. I believe we are visual creatures.

How delightful! I heard a chorus of, “Well, duh.”

The infinite “go-to” source, Wikipedia states:

“The adage[citation needed]A picture is worth a thousand words” refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. It also aptly characterizes one of the main goals of visualization, namely making it possible to absorb large amounts of data quickly.”

I say, “true enough.” But, I think at best, we glance at photos.

We might be taken with a photo. Revel in its beauty for a moment. “Ooh” and “ah”  – but do we follow the photo, become caught up in the colour, line, visual texture, or imagery, imaginatively disappear like we would into a fine painting?

I post the photos because I strive to find words to describe what I’m seeing, and I flounder! A thousand words – on a picture! Our writing is visual imagery. I challenge myself to write what I see.

Can you write a thousand words about a picture?


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Writing update

No writing news. I am applying tools from the Scrivener workshop to my wip before I get too far ahead.

Scrivener has fantastic functions. (At least I think they’re fantastic.) One of my projects is to give each of my characters a coloured label. I can track which scene they are in, whose pov, and, where they are located. I am also creating a list of “Keywords” – another useful tracking tool.

Rearranging is going on in the Synopsis, Inspector, Corkboard, and Outliner features. They are pretty nifty.

All-in-all, I’m pleased. (And three of the six books have arrived from the library, so I’ll be busy.)

I want to acknowledge Sara Douglass. She died one year ago today from cervical cancer. A great author and mentor, I miss her. (See separate post.)

How is your wip coming along? What writing program do you use?