How photography can improve your writing
Take this one. The molten metal sea reflects the clouds, a whitish glimmer on scarcely moving water. Follow the curved blue line of the sky from the deep azure of the zenith towards the paler blue of the horizon, where a boat bobs, while nearby the shadow of our vessel lends a deeper green to the languid swirl of the waves. Further away a heavier cloud mass, mottled and angry, betrays a change – but perhaps not just yet.
So it’s more than just an image. You break down the elements of the image and then assign importance to those elements as you search for the words to use so that if the photo isn’t there, the reader still has enough information to paint their own picture in their heads.
Since it’s a book about a shipwreck, seascapes are an important feature of ‘Die a Dry Death’. I’ve done my best to convey those scenes through my words. Many people have told me the book is very visual – so my writing worked.
Try it for yourself. Take pictures of scenes – any scenes that might work in your writing – and then describe them in words. You’ll find it isn’t easy but it’s certainly worthwhile.