Wednesday, June 1, 2016

IWSG: Inspiration is All About You

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Insecure Writers Support Group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Our Co-Sponsor's this month are:
Murees Dupe
Alexia Chamberlynn
Chemist Ken
Heather Gardner

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

I have a confess to make. I'm not visual. Before you get worried, I want to assure you that my visual acuity is fine--unless you consider my cataracts, but they will be fixed later this summer. I promise. ;-) No, what I mean is that I don't connect to the world primarily through the visual sense. When I describe setting in my stories, I'm usually stymied for words. Sounds, on the other hand, are easy. That's why I find dialogue is a major jumping off point for my scenes. But grounding the action in a physical sense is a challenge. This is a huge insecurity for me.

One of my methods for fixing it is to us photos of settings that allow me to spend time digging deep. My main character is baker and gardener. I write contemporary, so I find photos to be a great way to dive into setting. Here's a few photos of my personal setting that inform my story's placement in the real world in Cherry Hill, Georgia.

Do you have any suggestions for how a non-visual writer like me can get more details and reality into my stories? How do you do it?