Creativity transcends any and all mediums. And as a writer, achieving the level of a true creative will skyrocket your writing to greatness by helping you learn to use all mediums available to you.
Running a busy freelance writing business can cause you to prioritize, and compartmentalize, everyday things. It’s a matter of survival. But it can also lead to you trying to create, while wearing blinders.
You might only look at art while visiting a gallery or museum. You might only consider architecture while thumbing through a magazine at the doctor’s office. And you might only think like an engineer while trying to figure out if you can get another few precious miles out of the brakes on your car before they give out completely.
You Are More Than Just a ‘Singular Creative’.
By being a creative (in this case – a writer), all other mediums actually become a part of you. Some very large, some small. No true creative exists that doesn’t at least ‘dabble’ in a medium outside of his or her chosen area of expertise. I’m not saying you have to consider yourself good at it, or even to let anyone know you also play, paint, design or otherwise participate in activities outside of writing.
But some of our strongest moments of inspiration can come from our secondary pursuits. The most common being, photographs.
Face it. We live in a visual world. We constantly get bombarded with ads, graphic images, television and other broadcast images, and of course, shared text message photos or social media pics. Perhaps, we even dread going over to someone’s house for a slideshow of their recent trip.
But we openly invite exposure to those images via Facebook, by text, and in many other ways.
It’s the story of our lives, making ever so much more important the photos we take — those precious moments we capture. These images embody the story we wanted to tell, or remember. And the key to good writing? Telling a great story!
Great Story = Great Writing
What were you trying to capture? Why did you see it as important, or poignant, or even gut wrenching and dripping with so much emotion, that it screamed to be photographed?
Now put words to paper, and tell me what you saw. Explain to me, in story form, what that picture means to you — and what you hoped it would mean to me.
Don’t skirt away saying that you didn’t mean for anyone else to see your photographs. If that were true, you would have left it to the greatest image capture device know to man – the human brain. But you digitized it; captured it on celluloid. To share.
I want to see your photographs, and the back-story that goes with them, through your eyes. And through your words. I want you to bring color to my life, by sharing yours. That beautiful life that moved you enough to press that button and click that shutter.
Use Memories to Write the Future
Get out your old photos. Open iPhoto and go back through your pics. Remember the stories that those moments in time represent. And then share them.
There’s a great story – maybe several — in there. And you’re the great writer that can tell them.
Is there a story in your photos? Share your thoughts with us below.
Images credit: Afghan girl by Steve McCurry for National Geographic Magazine, 1985