IWSG- February 2020 [INSPIRED]

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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!’

The awesome co-hosts for the February 5 posting of the IWSG are Lee Lowery, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Jennifer Hawes, Cathrina Constantine, and Tyrean Martinson!

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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!


30 thoughts on “IWSG- February 2020 [INSPIRED]”

  1. It’s always interesting to hear about another writer’s process or inspiration. Cool that you can get that much from a photo.

    I found the story of Riggs fascinating too. Interesting that he built the story and characters around those old photos.

  2. Thanks Sonia for sharing your experience with photo-inspired stories. Friday fiction heh, have to check that one out. Love the helmet flash fiction, right up my sci-fi alley.
    Have an inspirational week of writing. Looking forward to reading your WEP.

  3. Hi Sonia.
    Thank you for visiting my blog. It’s lovely to meet you!

    I’m a self-confessed flash fiction junkie. The 100-word story marked the beginning of my love affair with flash fiction. Picture/one-word prompts work well for me and keep me inspired.
    Thank you for sharing that lovely snippet!

    1. Yes I did do a whole lot of them sometime back but then decided to move on to other things. But I cannot deny that the experience of Friday fiction greatly helped me improve my writing.

  4. helenmatheyhornbooks

    I like the way you describe being open to story ideas (not just pictures) by paying attention to the life going on around you. Reminds me of an idea I need to revisit, lol, thanks.

    1. Thanks for being here. Yes, in fact, most of my stories and poems are about life around me. Although I cannot deny that Friday fiction has helped my craft a lot.

  5. Hi,
    I do believe that every picture has a story but I get most of my stories from watching people. They could be shopping, in a grocery store or whatever but watching them or listening in to someone’s conversation causes me to start plotting.
    Wishing you all the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Hi Pat. Yes, I do agree as most of my writing, specially poetry, comes from life around me. Though Friday fiction really got me started. Thank you!💐💐

  6. How fascinating about Ransom Riggs, thank you 🙂 I love the idea of old photographs providing inspiration for a story.I’m planning on going through old family photographs sometime during this year – partly to harvest images for a memoir and partly in case I find some of the unknown people inspire stories.

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