Generate writing ideas with online photo galleries
In my last post “Overcome writer’s block and generate new ideas with tarot or picture cards,” I wrote about how I stumbled upon the benefits of using tarot cards to inspire my writing.
I’d like to share another great source of inspiration I discovered recently. Sometimes, Carly and I will go to Shutterstock or iStock to find photos for our blog posts. Recently, we purchased a large number of photos, and I helped find pictures for our blog. What I discovered was a plethora of inspiration!
In the search box, you can type any search words you want. Some of the ones I used: inspiration, ideas, creativity, books, surreal books, concepts, fairies. Then I’d scroll through the photos to see if any struck me that might be appropriate for a future post. What I came away with was more than I expected.
Besides ideas for blog posts, I also found inspiration for future poems, a short story idea, a new character in my current work-in-progress, and several more ideas. For example, the picture in this post of the young woman flying with butterflies reminded me of an idea that I had but forgot about–a character who has an affinity with all winged creatures.
Exercise: Think of the writing project you’re working on or think about starting a new project. Pick five or six words to describe your project or choose a subject you want to generate ideas for. Use those words in the search box in one of the online photo galleries. See what sparks your imagination. Now write about it!
Ever tried a cookbook? http://ruthlayne.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/write-about-a-recipe/
What a yummy idea! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Ruth.
I like to get inspiration from Pinterest. I especially like to look at travel pages because you can find a lot of great settings and ideas. If I find any really good pictures, I save them and use them as a background, so I can try to capture the feeling the image. My latest novel started as a really intriguing picture of an old, ruined tower, and the idea evolved from there.
Nice! I love Pinterest too but haven’t been on it lately. Thanks for the great ideas.