Continuing the theme of writing away from our desks, I wanted to bring up a tool you might not associate with writing: your camera. I don’t mean some super-expensive, high-tech device, like the Lytro ILLUM lightfield camera (drool…); I mean the camera already built into your smart phone–the one that’s probably within arm’s reach at this very moment.
Using your camera is a no-brainer if you write nonfiction, especially if you want to break into a market like Highlights for Children, which prefers authors to provide photos. But even if you don’t plan to sell any of your images–even if you’re writing fiction–your camera is an awesome tool. You can use photos to help
- Create detailed, believable settings for fiction writing
- Document information for a nonfiction project
- Collect visual inspiration for art and poetry
- Inspire characters by capturing details about real people–expressions, fashions, hair styles, tattoos, body language
- Spark ideas about place, weather, terrain, or architecture
Read on to learn how your camera can help you up your writing game!