It’s the first Wednesday of another month and the official IWSG day. The Purpose of posting here is ‘To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!’
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As a writer, I am always looking for inspiration. Most of it stems from life around me. I like to observe people and listen to some stories from their lives which they, otherwise, find mundane. The run-of-the-mill and regular tales always catch my fancy. It is also very important for me to visualize what I write. And so, my characters are sometimes real people and sometimes they become real!
When I returned to writing after a long time, I started off with content writing. Little measures of success made me return to poetry. However, on an insipid Friday morning, as I sat scrolling my Facebook page, I was drawn to a micro fiction contest for which the prompt was the picture of a bike. And before, I share what happened next, here is the question of the month…
February 5 question – Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?
So, yes, I stared at the picture for a while before moving on to reading the different slices of flash fiction shelled out by people. And without another thought, I spun a tale in a hundred words. Well, that was just the beginning. Soon enough, I found myself waiting for Friday when I could spin my yarn around a picture. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that it almost became an addiction and I learnt in that one year that paintings and pictures and visuals are a great way to get inspired. About the same time, I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. It was then that I learnt that the idea for the book came to Riggs when he started collecting old photographs as a kid. A pattern in the photographs inspired him to write a book! This was very interesting and I decided to find out if anyone else had been inspired thus. Richard Siken had felt so lost after his first book of poetry Crush came out. It wasn’t unusual because most writers do feel a void of sorts, as if, they have nothing more left to say. This is even true when you have just written a single poem or a short story. You feel so spent! Maybe, something similar happened to Siken. So, he decided to paint for sometime which was followed by writing about paintings. Soon enough, he was inspired to write his second book! [Source: How Fifty Famous Authors Find Writing Inspiration: Bookfox]
I do feel that every picture has a story. The one taken in a field has stories about a year of no rain, or a love that blossomed right away, or a childhood tale, or maybe a memoir. All we need to do is get on with that story. I leave you with that thought and one of my flash fiction that was inspired by a picture prompt almost a year ago and also found a mention on Women’s Web!