Wednesday, February 5, 2020

IWSG & Emotional Imagery

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. He, his clones, minions, friends, and fellow authors make it an amazing event every month.



Purpose: 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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February 5 question - Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

Interesting question.
At first thought, my response would be no.
Then I remembered the upcoming WEP prompt and had to go with yes for that piece.

That triggered other thoughts.
I enjoy photography and take a lot of photos of people and our scenery here in gorgeous Northern Ontario. The vast majority of pictures I take are because something triggered an emotional response in me.

I'm a writer who isn't triggered by people or problems first. Instead, it's always the emotion that traps me into a story. That emotion spawns a character feeling that emotion and then the trouble that created it.

Many paintings and photos create those emotions in me, so they probably have triggered more stories and ideas than I realized!

How about you? Anyone else like photography? Anyone else get those gut reactions to images?

48 comments:

  1. It's interesting how everyone interprets and is inspired differently. Situations and ideas inspire me, and I can get those from images, movies, or music.

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    1. Music definitely does a lot for my inspiration as well!

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  2. I'm a photographer but it's been the emotions of dreams that have inspired my fiction writing.

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    1. That's interesting! My dreams are always too scary!

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  3. My hubby is really into photography. I love when he takes pictures of ordinary people doing ordinary things. They always make me wonder about the people's back stories, what their lives are like etc.

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    1. People are endlessly fascinating and those snippets of real life tell so many tales!

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  4. I love photography, too. :) It's my second favorite creative outlet.

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    1. It's probably my 3rd - I love playing the piano as well! :)

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  5. It seems you and I are on the same page when it comes this month's question!

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    1. I thought the same thing when I read your post!!

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  6. Hi,
    I love photography but I get triggered by people. Watching people has me spinning stories.
    Wishing you all the best.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. I love people watching! But I have to tell my Tigger Brain to do it as it's usually lost in the wonderings :)

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  7. Most of the pictures I take are of my cats, so no story ideas there. My story ideas all come from "what if" scenarios, usually brought on by news stories.

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    1. But the cats are happy with the attention!
      I love spinning out the What Ifs!

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  8. I'm not a real visual writer but I will need to look at some pictures before writing book 2 in my series. If I ever get there.

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    1. I'm not super visual either, Natalie. You'll get there - I have complete faith!

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  9. I am intrigued that two people now have been inspired by the WEP prompt for this month - a prompt I struggled with (and am still struggling).
    I am really looking forward to reading your take on it.

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    1. Just wait until you read mine though - it is so completely sideways from the prompt!

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  10. I love art and museums and am always inspired. I've also starting collecting photos for my novels. Deviant art is a great site.

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    1. I need to try that at some point - I've heard so many good things about deviant art!

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  11. I totally get that. I'm much the same.

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  12. Yep. The emotion traps me, too. And I absolutely do have gut reactions to images. Part of the reason why I love photography so much. And Pinterest. :)

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    1. It really is all about the emotion!
      Haven't really done Pinterest yet - one day!

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  13. Yes, definitely. Music too. Happy IWSG!

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    1. Definitely music as well - full of power and emotion!

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  14. Photography is a wonderful way to be inspired. I'm drawn to images of foggy mornings over the lake.

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    1. Those foggy pictures are some of my favourites too - I got a few really good ones this summer!

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  15. My initial thought was also a 'no', but when I thought about it more, there are many things that inspire, including the visual.

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    1. So true! I don't always know where the stories come from - they are just there attached to that emotion!

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  16. I love photography but I dont get the emotional response that you do. That's pretty cool.

    www.alliebock.com

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    1. I love seeing how different we all are - makes the world much more interesting!

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  17. I completely get your emotion-centered approach to stories. So many of my stories started with some sort of emotional confrontation in my head, while I have no idea who are the people talking and why they take the stance they do. That comes later.
    As for WEP stories, as I'm the one making badges, I go full circle. First the theme. Then I search for an image that would fit the theme and the possible stories based on that theme. Then I write my own story. So the art and the words create two interconnected layers.

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    1. Exactly! That gut punch is the spark and the rest follows!
      I hadn't thought of your process for WEP - that's such an interesting angle - you have all those images and thoughts swirling far before you start to write!

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  18. You so echo my thoughts Jemi. Most of my writing is also triggered by emotions..Both poetry and short fiction...Even prose..
    Sonia

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    1. Yes! All of my writing is emotion centred too!

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  19. I also enjoy photography and agree. The images are inspiring.

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    1. They are indeed! I've pictured many a fantasy land behind my lens!

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  20. I'm hopeless at photography but I do appreciate it. A lot of my stories start from an emotion too and the details come together afterwards.

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    1. I don't know if my photos will ever be anything much above hopeless but they're fun! :)
      Love that emotional start - it's what carries me through the whole process

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  21. I do admire good photography skills... does that count?

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  22. It's awesome that you're able to be inspired by your photographs. For me, photos of my travels are a handy reference when I'm trying to recall a place while writing, along with a journal.

    Congrats on your upcoming release!

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    1. I wish I could journal usefully - but I tend to be too Tigger Brained for that! :P

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