This week’s Write The Book prompt was suggested by my guest, Nance Van Winckel, who keeps a folder of visual art pulled from art magazines and turns to these sheets for inspiration and to offer a writing exercise to her students. Choose a picture from a magazine. The page can be of a photograph or a painting, of a person, a group, a landscape. Look at the page that you've chosen, and consider one of the following questions:
- What happened just before this moment in the life of the person or the persons in your picture?
- What is going to happen next week?
- In the case of a landscape, what's happening behind that building, around that corner, over that hill?
Begin writing. See where your magazine page takes you. As Nance points out, visual imagery can be a wonderful way to access the imagination.
Good luck with this exercise and please listen next week for another.
Music credits: 1) “Dreaming 1″ - John Fink; 2) “Filter” - Dorset Greens (a Vermont band featuring several South Burlington High School students.