5.30.2013

images and yellow

As I began searching images for this post I found it difficult to focus - while images can be inspiring, they can also become overwhelming pretty quickly. So I narrowed my search...to YELLOW (my favorite color, always an inspiration):

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I could go on forever (thank you Pinterest for your outrageously addictive properties), really I could. I have a Pinterest board for each of my manuscripts and I visit them often...adding, deleting, swooning... (Familiarity with the Devil The Offering The Castaways ...if you care to be sidetracked) 
 
As a visual person, images help me when writing. There's nothing like seeing what I've created in my head come to life before my eyes. Or having a photo catch my eye, only to be thrust into a story I've yet to write. And the beauty of it is, with images, no two people will gain the same inspiration! Where I see one story unraveling, another will be swept by a completely different concept.
 
And that's why this lovely blog - Fiction Femme Fatale - always pulls me in. It's written by a group of authors who post an image each month and ask readers to write a short story inspired by said image. It's fascinating the different concepts that come up. I've participated and the story I wrote sparked a novel idea. Definitely check it out!

Has an image ever inspired a story for you? Do you use them for writing inspiration at all or do you prefer to keep things "in your head"?



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23 comments:

  1. I often post photos on my blog that I've taken. Images very much inspire me. Even looking through your photos, each one immediately shares a story or evokes a feeling. Great post.

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    1. I've seen those photos on your blog...well done! ;)

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  2. Pictures inspire me all the time! And I'm kind of addicted to Pinterest ;) Love those "yellow" photos, beautiful!

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    1. Thanks EM! Oh Pinterest...Internet crack.

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  3. Love your visuals. I keep Pinterest board too--it's so easy to get lost in them. The creative is a greedy thing with a voracious appetite. I plan to check out the 3xF website--it sounds like fun.

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    1. Thanks D.D. And, 3xF...what? Uh oh, I'm afraid to do a Google search!!! I can't handle another distraction!

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  4. I've written flash fiction from photo prompts but so far no entire novel has come from a single image. OTOH meandering through Pinterest has led me to images that then become parts of my stories. I predict a talk show dedicated to Pinterest addicts sometime in the near future. "Just. One. More. Board!!!!" Yellow was my favorite color as a child :)

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    1. Seriously... A Pinterest 12 step program, lol.

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  5. Yellow is your favourite colour? That totally suits you! That second image of the yellow road brings to mind the story idea that's been buzzing around in my head, so I'm stealing it. :) I've never been inspired directly FROM an image (songs, on the other hand...), but I always like to get some pics together that compliment what I write. It helps hold everything together. Wonderful post, as always!

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    1. Thanks J! And, steal away! Also feel free to let me in on that one anytime...anytime now...

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  6. Stunning pictures. I'm a total Pinterest addict because I'm a visual person all the way. I want ALL the images. I can't wait to check out that blog. Great post!! <3

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  7. Hello, fellow Pinterest addict!

    I keep storyboards for all my manuscripts, too, for the same reason you do: it gets my creative juices going like nothing else! When I'm struggling with writer's block, I'll often spend days on Pinterest, going over my storyboards and adding to them, looking for that one perfect picture that will break the dam and get me going again.

    Oh, and if you like yellow... http://pinterest.com/lowritermama/paint-it-yellow/

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    1. Perhaps we have enough people here to start our own Pinterest support group!

      And... Oh. My. Gorgeous! Your yellow board! ME thinks I'll have to create my own now... :)

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    2. And by Pinterest support group you mean enablers, right?

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    3. Oops, so used to clicking "anonymous" for QueryKombat judging. I wasn't trying to be sneaky, lol.

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  8. Haha I refuse to join Pinterest because I know, know KNOW I would never get any writing done if did.

    *le sigh* I do love yellow though. Thank you for your post, Jessika!

    ~Dannie @ Left to Write

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    1. I resisted for the longest time Dannie. Once your drink the punch there's NO going back...

      Thanks for reading! :)

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  9. Wow, I could spend a lot of time just looking at the images on your site. I'm going to strive to be like you--a little more visual in my prose today. Thanks for the inspiration.

    http://www.miaceleste.com/?p=341

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  10. Hi Jessika, always fun to stop by and see what you are up to. Beautiful images! I'm going to go eat a banana and have a glass of lemonade now.
    ~Just Jill

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  11. Wow--those Yellow photos are out-of-this-world! I'm so scared to open an account on Pinterest. But the days is coming. Especially if I can find such outrageous shots like those above. I am in my head so much for writing--odd, since I paint watercolor, illustrate, and sculpt figures with clay. Must check out the Femme Fatale link. Love writing prompts and flash fiction.They keep me well lubricated in the brain. :D

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  12. Hi Jessika, I'm Shelli. I just stumbled on your blog today. You've got a strong voice. Keep blogging, keep writing. (And typing of course.)

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  13. Images are always kickstarting story ideas for me! Since I write mostly sci-fi and fantasy, a quick flip through WIRED magazine is usually all I need to inspire something new.

    Thanks for sharing!

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