Monday, 12 June 2017

Visual Inspirations...

Ideas come from everywhere.

Have you ever been somewhere and something you've seen sticks in your memory even if you forget everything else, but that 'something' is the inspiration for a story, or somewhere in the story?

Trails...
I was looking through my photos- from past holidays and research trips- and there are a few that instantly take me back to where I was at the moment I took it. I've no idea why that nagging voice in my subconscious thinks that capturing that image was important.

There have been times in the past, before I had a digital camera, I have a fleeting image of a specific place (a terrace of an old Georgian building in parkland somewhere for example, the garden gone and just grassed over) and I stood on the terrace and imagined a conversation between two unknown characters. I've updated it a bit and used it in my 1920's story...

So here's a few images of mine that might be a starting point or could appear in a story...
Phone box and Bins...

Have fun...


I Spy...
Up and Away...


12 comments:

  1. My photos of trips often include some to help me remember story ideas, or research details. (Just one of my excuses for taking so many!)

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    1. Do you need a reason Patsy? :D

      Most of the photos I take are for research, or catching a moment, but I've been trying to take photos that might come in useful for here too.

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  2. I have a collection of postcards and old photos in a folder - you never know when something might trigger the right thoughts.

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    1. Old postcards are wonderful for inspiring stories, Lizy. There's so many things happening, and you can pick out one person or item for a story and still have plenty of other possibilities. :-)

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  3. Anything visual can spark an idea if you let it.
    I love looking through really old victorian photographs.

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    1. Victorian photos are wonderful. I have a few of my great-grandparents. :-)

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  4. I have so many 'stories behind the story' examples that I think I have enough material to run a workdhop on the theme Inspiration.

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  5. Photos are great when you want to write about detail, and yes, a great memory-booster too!

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    1. That's true Helen. You can capture details in a photo that you'd forget without the reminder.

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  6. Funny enough, I've had two hot air balloon stories published. Not a phone box one though. I like that.

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    1. Now that old phone boxes can be bought and turned to other uses it opens up a range of possible stories, Wendy. :-)

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