by Alison Clifford
I’m a lucky writer—I’ve never had writer’s block.
This crippling curse of the creative writer can strike at any time and render the sufferer incapable of coming up with an idea. I’ve heard it said that writer’s block doesn’t exist, that the victim isn’t looking in the right place for inspiration. I don’t know about that, but as a visual person I’ve always been able to come up with ideas simply by looking at a picture.
Take this one as an example.
What ideas come from this image of a person walking in the snow?
Who are they? Are they lost? Are they the only person left in the city? Are they going somewhere, or are they returning? Do they like the snow, or are they sick of it and they’re walking to the airport to leave? Is anyone watching them from one of the windows? Could they not be bother to get the snow off their car? Have they just broken up with their partner? Do they love walking in the snow? Is the tree about to fall down on them?
I could go on and on and on, but I think you get the idea.
Why don’t you give it a try? Next time you’re looking at a picture, or sitting in a café and looking out onto a street, see what you can come up with. It’s fun!
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