A picture is only worth a 1000 words if you can’t write.
And with that extreme statement I am sure I have managed to annoy a good number of photographers. I love looking at beautiful pictures, though. I can stare at them for hours. A single image can tell a story. It can convey emotion. It can transport you. It can captivate you. But I am a writer and I don’t have a camera. How can I do this with writing? How can I evoke that kind of emotion? How can I fascinate my audience?
A photograph is an image. So I use my eyes - my sense of sight. If it is a landscape with a snow-capped mountain and a lake and pine trees, I remember when I was near a snow-capped mountain. I remember the reflection on the water. I remember feeling the cold wind. The smell of the pine trees. I remember who was with me.
My senses make sense of my surroundings. Profound, right? When I write using my characters’ senses, my reader should be able to interpret the surroundings I describe.
Here are five examples from my own little library.
by Mia Botha for Writers Write