Photo Friday Challenge – May 17, 2019

Today is our first Photo Friday Challenge! The goal of Photo Fridays has always been to help you, a writer, envision and write new scenes, to imagine new places, to kick writer’s block to the curb.

Most of us walk around with our phones in our pockets. Some of us use our phones to send ourselves emails of intriguing ideas, scenes, character sketches, things like that. Some of us even use our phones for sending ourselves pictures to use as memory joggers or to post on our blog (that’s me!).

Accept the Challenge!

Each Friday, post a picture and description in the comments. You can be brief in our group, but I personally challenge you to go farther, more in-depth. Truly write a description of your scene. Engage the five senses. Keep these in a file on your computer or somewhere you can refer back to these to include in your writing. Build this habit of taking pictures as memory joggers. Use them to help you write scenes and descriptions. Save them. Edit them.

Here’s my installment for today:

Raindrops fall in a catchment tank, making multiple, concentric circles.  (Photo:  Theresa Duncan)

Falling all night, this slow, steady rain ripples through life. The birds make quick darts to the feeders, gone again in a flash, quiet on their branches and nests. Chickens dart out of the coop for a quick drink of water, rushing back to dryness and warmth. I crack the window to listen to the sounds, grab a cup of tea and a warm, fluffy blanket, then settle into my reading chair. Soup bubbles on the stove, filling the air with the fragrance of comfort. I open my book and begin.

Going further…

Think about the description above. What is left out? What else do you, the reader, want to know? More about the picture? Or more about the larger scene? Would you like to know what kind of tea or what kind of soup? Why would that help place you in the scene? What sounds am I talking about?

Further still – your turn…

Now, read through your own description. What might you add or clarify?

Remember, there are two goals for this challenge:

  • create a habit of writing scenes from photos
  • create a regular writing practice

Be sure to let me know how this challenge helps you. Also, ask me about my post(s) or comment. I would love to hear from you. Until then…

Happy writing… ~T

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