by Melissa Stoller
Photographs can provide new writing inspiration. Here are a few tips for harnessing the power of photos and developing writing prompts that will spark story ideas.
PREVIOUSLY TAKEN PHOTOS
Search through old photos, either in albums, on your computer or phone, or on your social media sites.
-Find photos of family and distant relatives
-Gather photos of pets
-Plow through travel, holiday, birthday, and special event photos
Write a story using a subject matter from a life experience.
Stroll through your neighborhood and take photos of everything you see. Or look out your window and take photos all that you notice. Capture details such as:
-doors, windows, part of homes
-nature such as birds
-bodies of water
-methods of transportation
Write a story based on an image you capture. You can even use selfies for inspiration!
Have fun scrolling through the internet!
-Find all those adorable pet trick photos or the many cute baby photos on the internet.
-Search photo GIFS
Write a draft based on one photo that captures your imagination.
I hope that using photos helps you generate story ideas this month. Let me know in the comments. Cheers to creativity!
Melissa Stoller is the author of the chapter book series The Enchanted Snow Globe Collection - Return to Coney Island (Clear Fork Publishing); and the picture books Scarlet’s Magic Paintbrush, Ready, Set, GOrilla!, and Sadie’s Shabbat Stories. (Clear Fork). Melissa is a Blogger and Course Assistant for the Children’s Book Academy, a Regional Ambassador for The Chapter Book Challenge, a volunteer with SCBWI/MetroNY, and a founding member of The Book Meshuggenahs. In other chapters of her life, Melissa has worked as a lawyer, legal writing instructor, freelance writer and editor, and early childhood educator. She lives in New York City with her family, and enjoys theatre, museums, and long beach walks.
We are so excited to be mixing things up at CBA, beginning with some delicious additions to the Blogfish. Meet our awesome new bloggers!!
Here's our lineup:
1st Mondays begin with Clear Fork/Spork editor/art director, former agent and former kidlit professor Mira Reisberg PhD who is also the Director of the Children's Book Academy.
2nd Mondays will feature super smart Melissa Stoller whose career is taking off with several new books.
3rd Mondays will feature Bryan Patrick Avery, published writer, man of mystery, and professional magician among other things.
4th Mondays feature funny Aussie author Sharon Giltrow sharing awesome Aussie books.
And 5th Mondays will feature Libyan American author Koloud Tarapolsi sharing wonderful diverse books.