- Photography is a hobby for me, yet I see it as part of my writing life.
- The time I spend thinking about a subject, taking the shots, and choosing an end result — all of it helps me to grow as a writer.
- Have you noticed how taking photos forces you to slow down and stop thinking about yourself? That’s a healthy activity for any soul. And in that refocus, you see what you’ve missed. Put these in your stories.
- With the advent of these wonderful machines called digital cameras, you and I can enjoy a photography hobby and not have to worry too much about expense. Back in the day, getting photos developed took a chunk out of your wallet, and many of the prints went straight to the trash can.
- Click away until you have the shots you want. Edit until you have the looks you love. Share them. (Sounds similar to crafting stories, doesn’t it?)
- Photoshop is a novice’s friend. Don’t fear it just because it’s used by the pros. I applied the crosshatch brush stroke to this photo for a painting effect.
- Several story ideas come to my mind from this tulip photo: an artist who lost his arm during the war; the bouquet that was never delivered; traditional artists and their thoughts on image editing software.
- Writers are always writing. It doesn’t matter that there’s no pen in hand or computer on desk. Our senses do the writing and keep their thoughts inside a three-pound storage center called the brain.
- My brain is over half a century old and close to capacity, so thank God for cameras and amazing photographers like Patrick Latter.
- I saw these on a walk home from the corner store: a tennis shoe in the road, a woman limping, an unusual house color; and a construction worker’s facial expression as he worked the drill. I wonder which of my stories will contain these images.
- Capturing images is both a pleasure for me and an idea generator. Most of the ideas come as a surprise, though, when they spill out on paper or screen and I remember when they were first born.
You’re not wasting time when you’re working on an activity that doesn’t involve the physical act of writing. Everything you do is useful for your writing life. You just have to own that thought and put it to creative use.
What hobbies do you have that add to your writing life?