Pictures Worth More Than a Thousand Words

I’m one of those writers who finds stories everywhere: from conversations, articles I’ve read, seeing something in nature, from words a character in another story utters, from looking outside my window, from songs, from reading a list of poisons, visiting websites on history, and so forth.

The ideas that have lasted over decades, though, have come from pictures. Ironically, I still haven’t written a story from those ideas. Yet. I suspect because the ideas are still formulating.

I have two postcards propped against some books on a shelf, which I look at every time I’m sitting at my desk. Their inspiration is a dark mystery or even darker suspense/thriller. I found them in San Francisco in 1989 while attending a writer’s conference. On Halloween night in 1998, I started writing a screenplay where I scared myself so much, I put it away and haven’t returned to it since. Though, I haven’t stopped thinking about it. It’s time to get it back out and finish it!

During my first marriage, when decorating parties were the trend, I bought this set of three pictures in the 70s. They remind me of the English cottages and countryside, where I think of other times. They’ve hung on my office or bedroom wall in every home I’ve lived, and I look at them every day. A time travel always comes to mind that ties into a song that came out in the 70s, too. Every time I hear the song, the plot becomes more developed. It’s time I write that story, too!

So, why aren’t I sharing these pictures with you? I will when I write the stories. I wouldn’t want to give everything away right now, would I?


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About Diana Stout

Screenwriter, author, former English professor
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19 Responses to Pictures Worth More Than a Thousand Words

  1. debscarey says:

    Oh you make me feel less bad about the nearly three years I’ve had a couple of pictures bubbling away in the background, except that I know I’d pretty much forgotten them until I read this month’s question.

    It sounds like your pictures of inspiration will be the source of very different tales. Enjoy writing them & I hope to enjoy reading them sometime down the line! 🙂


  2. Nancy Gideon says:

    I have decades of images that inspired ideas but never grew into books. My retirement plan, I guess. Oh, wait…I am retired! Better get busy.


  3. LOL, no, of course, don’t share your pics! You are such a tease, Diana! Happy IWSG Day.


  4. The picture that originally inspired me to write a novel was a newspaper clipping. I’m not sure where it went, but I can still see it in my mind’s eye.
    Ideas are definitely everywhere! I hope you finish one of those projects so we can all read them someday. 🙂


  5. helenmatheyhornbooks says:

    I think some things need time for your brain to subconsciously work on. When the stories are ready they will probably ‘write themselves’ quickly.


  6. csheldonblog says:

    I’m glad to hear that the pictures bring you inspiration and I look forward to the possibility of seeing them in the future. X

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  7. Diana Stout says:

    I hope so! Thanks for the comment, Helen. 🙂


  8. emaginette says:

    I get it. You’re a woman of mystery. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette

    Liked by 1 person

  9. You definitely need to get back to that story. And share the photos when the stories are done!


  10. mlouisebarbourfundyblue says:

    You’re so funny, Diana! Good luck with your writing!

    Liked by 1 person

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