Writing Exercise: Trust What You See

paint brushes-edited

Writers are artist in every sense of the word. They create worlds on paper that inspire and comfort. They see things below the surface. I found this quote inspiring.

“I remember standing on a street corner with the black painter Beauford Delaney down in the Village, waiting for the light to change, and he pointed down and said, ‘Look.’

“I looked and all I saw was water. And he said, ‘Look again,’ which I did, and I saw oil on the water and the city reflected in the puddle. It was a great revelation to me. I can’t explain it.

“He taught me how to see, and how to trust what I saw. Painters have often taught writers how to see. And once you’ve had that experience, you see differently.”

 ~ James Baldwin

Did it inspire you? Let’s see how much. I ask my husband, Charles Huff to choose one of his photographs for my readers to use as a writing exercise. He gave me two great ones. So, you choose which one inspires you.

Writing exercise:

Look at this photo. Write the first things you see.

Charley's landscape

How about this one? What do you see at first blush?

Charley's paramont pic

Now like James Baldwin take a second look. What do you see now? Engage your senses beyond sight. What do you hear, smell, (yes really! Use your imagination.) Write a tight paragraph or two. Who knows this might be the beginning of a new novel idea for you. 🙂

I’d love to see these photos through your eyes. Post your writing exercise below.

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