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Creative Concepts #1

If one picture is worth a thousand words, can the same picture inspire a thousand words?


            What do you do when your brain becomes oatmeal, your fingers become lead, and you watch the cursor on your monitor blink endlessly without moving even one millimeter? Brew another cup of coffee? Vacuum the rugs? Take the dog out for a walk? Pray for inspiration?

            “I wasn’t born to vacuum rugs,” writes Elizabeth Guy, poet, storyteller, and co-author ofReflect and Write.:300 Poems and Photographs to Inspire Writing.  “That’s why, when my brain turns to stone while I struggle for new ideas, I use photographs for inspiration.”

A New Photo Every Week

            Whether you’re a teacher, a student, an aspiring writer, a professional writer, or a poet, you’ll discover that the photos and ideas posted at http://hank-englisheducation.blogspot.com during the coming weeks will help you and your students  overcome the dreaded “writer’s block,” while at the same time inspiring you to create new and exciting works of prose and poetry.

            Sometimes direct quotations will accompany the photos. At other times, suggested first lines will serve as motivation for writing.  Occasionally, specific suggestions will present challenges. From time to time, keywords will stimulate ideas.

            For even more information about using photos to inspire writing, click on these links: www.creativity-portal.com/prompts/kellner/http://hank-englisheducation.blogspot.com, and http://ebowmanguy.blogspot.com

       Please note: feel free to download the photos for your personal use as inspiration; for use in classrooms or workshops; or for use in your blog with credit to Hank Kellner and a link to hank-englisheducation.blogspot.com. For information about and to purchase Reflect and Write: 300 Poems and Photos to Inspire Writing,please visit at http://www.prufrock.com/Reflect-and-Write-P1752.aspx. Photos by the author.

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