Disconnected Phrases & Haunting Images: What Fills A Writer’s Notebook

The formatting didn’t work out so well on this post, but if you can, please overlook the mess and read the interesting Craft Talk by Anne Valente. What tools do you use for saving and “constellating images” into your writing?

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Throughout the month of February, t.s. wright and I have been enjoying the Southeast Review’s Daily Writer’s Regimen. On Day Twenty-Two, Anne Valente’s Craft Talk, “Constellated Images” was featured. I will now share this with you.

ANNE VALENTE

“CONSTELLATED IMAGES”
 
In his recent Writers’ Chronicle article, “The Indelible Image,” author Benjamin Percy writes that film lends itself to pivotal scenes. He cites the shark popping out of the water in Jaws, the rolling boulder in Raiders of the Lost Ark. He says creative writing has similar key moments: “Widowed images. Startling images. Haunting images. Iconic images. Whatever you want to call what ends up clogged in our imaginative filter. We don’t always know why they’re important, but for whatever reason, our mind won’t release them.” For his own writing practice, he mentions keeping a corkboard of these images above his desk while writing, images accompanied by bits of trivia…

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