Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Visual Stones, Mindful Dares

Today I've put up three more photos for another installment of Visual Dares, which is my little challenge for authors who need a boost to get through a current scene in their writing. Look at these and incorporate one, two, or all three into your scene, chapter, or overall tale.

And today, these three pics come with an added challenge. 

I've watched the past few weeks as the lovely @Fiona_Robyn and her tweeps count down to the "river of stones" challenge in January. She explains it so much more eloquently on her website, but the short version is this: It's an exercise in which writers are challenged to completely unplug from their 21st century wiring for at least a moment, and completely connect to the Real World so they can "precisely capture a full moment" (to quote Fiona). Aside from the obvious boost it will give to your writing prowess, it behooves us all to "unplug" once in a while, even momentarily.

Can't get away from your computer? Understand. It's still December and we all have deadlines. But you can participate in "capture the moment" practice. 

If you don't have a current "work in progress" in which to infuse the following three scenes, use them instead as practice for your "small stones." Just a few lines, an impression, a spontaneous haiku or two.

Then learn to do it with Real moments. Then do it often. Then do it for life.

Up to the challenge? Sure you are.

Here are your Visual Mindful Dare-Stones:

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