Happy last day of February! Tomorrow starts the three-week countdown to our 20th Anniversary Conference. Laura and I are looking forward to seeing you all there – both new and old friends!
Now on to our next challenge, which is inspired by a saying that was first coined in the early 1900’s right here in the good old U.S.A.
The adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image…The expression “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” appears in a 1911 newspaper article quoting newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane discussing journalism and publicity. A similar phrase, “One Look Is Worth A Thousand Words”, appears in a 1913 newspaper advertisement for the Piqua Auto Supply House of Piqua, Ohio. (from Wikipedia)
So, what do you think? Could you get a thousand words from a picture?
How about two-hundred and fifty?
Writing Exercise #9/Conference Challenge #5
Scan your home – walls, shelves, albums. Stop at the first photograph you set eyes upon. Use that photo to prompt a story. What’s the history behind the faces? If the picture has no people in it, whose eyes are looking on that landscape or building and why? Now write – a random scene, first page of a novel, a character’s deepest thoughts – anything that the photo inspires in you.
Illustrating Exercise #9/Conference Challenge #5)
Your challenge starts with the word and ends with a picture. Grab a book, open it to a random (or not so random) page and imagine you’ve been commissioned by the publisher to provide an illustration for that page. What do you visualize? Now put that down on paper in any medium you prefer.
Good luck and have fun!
Here are links to the previous challenges. Don’t forget to comment in the corresponding exercises that you have indeed completed them.