One thousand words.
That's what a picture is worth.
One thousand words.
Being a writer has changed the way I look at things. Everyone, everything has a story. The man driving too fast on the freeway, the woman sorting through coupons in the grocery store, the field of sunflowers where the dairy used to be. Each of them tell a story in a snapshot of a memory, in a picture freezing that moment in time as the man rushes home to see his dying mother for the last time, as the woman wonders if she saves and saves enough if she'll be able to buy her son the bike he's wanted for so long, as the memories of the girl who grew up on that once dairy farm are darkened by the bright and fading sunflowers. We all see the world around us in such vibrant colors shaped and shadowed by our own lives and dispositions. This month I will be offering words for each picture that I post, prompting stories for people and places I don't know.
Last year I wrote about the things I don't do well. Last year was a physical transformation as I chipped away the ugliness of my home to replace it with beauty, to make a wood and metal box a home instead of just a house. This year I'm reaching into myself, into the parts of my soul I'm sometimes afraid to see and I'm writing. One thousand words for each picture.
And I want you to write with me.
Every day I will post a picture. And every day I will write one thousand words to go with it, sometimes more, sometimes less. There are no hard and fast rules; just bits of your heart exposed in the words and lives of other people. Don't fret about grammar or spelling or final draft perfection. We're here to write, not worry.
On this post I will link each day's prompt and each day you will have an opportunity to link up to the picture of your choosing, adding your own story, your own thousand words. If you like to hang out on Twitter, we'll be using the hashtags #31days and #1000words.
See you tomorrow my friends, for a new day and a new story to be told.