Seeing in Words

It’s sultry hot today. The sun’s in – or out – and the sky’s a little moody, so the light keeps changing. It’s a perfect day for taking pictures.

DSC_0868Our country road is quiet and familiar. I watch seasons change walking this road. My point of view changes too whenever I bring my camera along. I see the unexpected right alongside the regular. I notice what’s new and different right there next to all I’ve taken for granted.

My everyday and ordinary is suddenly beautiful.

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Small details like this find their just right moment as though they’ve been waiting patiently to be seen by someone. Might as well be me.
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Some leaves begin and end their lives an entirely different color than the green they live with day after day all summer long.

I’m sure I knew that, didn’t I? Or did I just remember I knew it because the idea came into view?DSC_0901

Writing’s like that, I think. New ideas suddenly come into focus so clearly I think I must have thought them before. And so often, the road my words walk ends up at an entirely different destination than the one I anticipated.

There’s a freedom out there on that road with my camera that I need to find in here with my writing. DSC_0910

Like photography, good writing comes from skill, chance, hard work, and good fortune. A change of lense might lead to a whole new way with words.  I can move a little closer or back away to alter my perspective. I can write what I know but see what’s just beyond the ordinary.

The tiniest seed of a thought may grow into something much larger, and the unexpected is probably waiting for me right there in plain view.

DSC_0951I tend to overthink almost every aspect of my writing – sometimes almost paralyzing me or silencing my voice as a result.

My walk today taught me to see in words.  It’s time for me to point – shoot – and let the writing emerge on its own.

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