Spark Your Creativity with the 5 Senses: Go All Visual

Photo by Henri Cartier Bresson, from the a collection at the SFMOMThis is #1 in a series of articles on Creativity and Inspiration for Writers. Tips shared here are inspired by my ebook, Overcome Writer’s Block, and will soon also be part of a course at We Write Books community.

Many authors turn to words for sustenance, and to feed their imaginative self. But they sometimes neglect to feed the part of themselves that nurtures their image making ability: visual art.

I love going to museums, and one of my favorite local museums is the SFMOMA.

I also love to play with pastels, and just doodle.

I also get a visual by enjoying landscapes and cityscapes.

When I stand in front a painting that captures my heart and takes my breath away, I feel transported into a new place I’ve never been; I feel a new story tickling at the back of my mind. I bank that story away into my subconscious for it to become something at a later date.

LA-cityscapeAs some creativity expert somewhere has surely said, we need to “fill the well.”

And visual art is one of my favorite ways to do this.

What is your favorite visual art?

If you’re curious about more tips to get you writing check out my e-book, Overcome Writer’s Block, and check out journaling tools at We Write Books community.

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  • Photoshopped photographic images. You can get such spacy results. My daughter does some great stuff. The image I’m using for the cover of Lethal Inheritance is one she did.

    That reminds me, I must add more of her images to my site.

  • Beth Barany says:

    The second photo in the post may be photoshopped, but the first one certainly isn’t. It’s by Henri Cartier Bresson. I’ll check out your cover. Be sure to let me know when it’s up! And I’m curious know to check out your site to get inspired by your daughter’s images. Thanks for stopping by at the Writer’s Fun Zone!

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