Great photographers talk about “training their eye” to find great images. It means nothing more than learning to see things with a photo in mind. Keeping in mind the things they have learned about effective photo taking and then putting those into practice even when they don’t have a camera in front of their eye.

Well, I believe writers need to do the same thing.

The Photograper's Eye by Bogenfreund

We need to sharpen our perceptions in order to have those little details ready when we need to employ them. The next time we write about getting into a booth, we shouldn’t just tell our readers that is what we are doing! We should be able to make them feel like they are THERE (like a member of the writing group did to me a few weeks ago)!

So, next time you are sitting in a waiting room or getting takeout turn your powers of perception on the things around you. The suntanned janitor, with his hands in his pockets who stands with slightly bended knees as if preparing for a race to begin. The white haired man in a brand new champagne Jaguar, who adjusts his matching sunglasses as often as he changes lanes without a signal. The tattered carpet that recalls its past glory in desk shaped spots of brilliant color.

Let me know how it works!


About the author

NRBrown N.R. Brown is a part-time author, full-time book junkie. She particularly loves horror and dark fantasy. She is the co-host of Unleaded - Fuel for Writers and a member of the Hellebore Writing Group and the Cat Vacuuming Society of Northern Virginia writers group, as well as of the Chessie Chapter of Sisters in Crime.