How is your writing going? Have you been feeling inspired?

This week I’ve been inspired by images on the blog I Reblogged yesterday by sethsnaps (http://sethsnap.com/author/sethsnap/). Each day he posts a series of images from, sometimes with a caption or story, sometimes without, or as in yesterday’s post he invites readers to make up the story behind the image themselves. Acting on my inspiration I took myself to the beach with my camera and snapped a few images. I’ve chosen the following photos not so much because they tell a story but more because something about the image itself appeals to me – the lines, the colours, the shapes and textures.

Stairs to the Beach

Stairs to the Beach

Ripples of Rock

Ripples of Rock

Gifts from the Sea

Gifts from the Sea

Rock and Sea and Sky

Rock and Sea and Sky

Relics of Barnacles

Relics of Barnacles

Another Path

Another Path

It struck me once again as I was uploading these photos how important images are to our creativity. Even though these shots are random and chosen for purely aesthetic reasons, if you gaze long enough at each image questions start to spring to mind: Who is walking down the steps? Is she at the beach alone? How do the rocks feel beneath her feet? What is she thinking as she gazes at the ocean? What significance does the shell hold for her? Will she follow the path? Or is somebody following her? Photographs and images are a great way into a story.

You can start with nothing and end up with a whole array of new ideas and possibilities. One of my resolutions for the year is to do some thing creative each day. One option I’ll be exploring is picking up my camera and heading outside to take shots of whatever seems to call to me, and to see what I can do with those images when I sit down to write.

Do you use images to create a story? What other creative techniques do you use to get yourself writing?