Books Magazine

Writing Challenge 61

By Brian Abbott

“Into the woods you go again, you have to every now and then…”

Just like the characters in Stephen Sondheim’s 1987 musical, Into the Woods, writers should journey into the proverbial woods “every now and then.”

Such sojourns refresh the soul and feed the mind, inspiring writers’ imaginations and thoughts. Just consider Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) and his philosophical, transcendental book, Walden. Or the more recent 1998 Bill Bryson memoir, A Walk in the Woods.

A connection with nature helps us commune with a deeper, quieter sense of our selves. Free from the distractions of everyday life we can reflect, think, and imagine.

Walk along the path in the image below and transport yourself to its environs. Look deeply at the scene and hear the sounds of nature all around you. Journey into the woods and discover a new story. What will you experience? What will you write?

Writing Challenge 61

Haunted Woods from Anne of Green Gables

" data-orig-size="5152,3864" sizes="(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px" data-image-title="Into the Woods" data-orig-file="" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"3.2","credit":"","camera":"DSC-W800","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1438556721","copyright":"Copyright 2009","focal_length":"4.6","iso":"100","shutter_speed":"0.02","title":"","orientation":"1"}" width="610" data-medium-file="" data-permalink="" alt="Into the Woods" height="458" srcset=";=458 610w,;=916 1220w,;=113 150w,;=225 300w,;=576 768w,;=768 1024w" class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-5929" data-large-file=";=458" />

Each month, The Poisoned Martini presents a photo to spark your creativity. Because of their visual nature, images vividly speak to writers and spark ideas for writing.  View the photo above, ponder what you see, and then put pen to paper or finger to keyboard.  Write a scene, a short story, a chapter, a novella, or maybe even a novel.

Last month’s challenge (captured on camera in November 2011) featured a creepy-crawly snail in the courtyard garden of a hospital in the French town of Arles where the artist Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) convalesced in the late 1880s.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Sixer’s Sevens: Middlesbrough Take One Point. Do Our Players Get Another?

    Sixer’s Sevens: Middlesbrough Take Point. Players Another?

    Jake: ‘it’s not always pretty’ We were 1-0 up when I started setting this up, just after half time. By the time I’d got the page ready for Pete Sixsmith we... Read more

    6 hours, 47 minutes ago by   Colin Randall
  • Who’s Hungry?

    Who’s Hungry?

    I flatter myself to think that some people enjoy my daily musings, although they’re sometimes grim. Religion often is. One curious example of this is the... Read more

    7 hours, 52 minutes ago by   Steveawiggins
  • “This Has Made My Intro to Keto VERY Easy”

    “This Made Intro Keto VERY Easy”

    Over people have signed up for our free two-week keto low-carb challenge. You'll get free guidance, meal plans, recipes, shopping lists and troubleshooting... Read more

    8 hours, 5 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
  • Challenging Startup Challenges

    Challenging Startup Challenges

    Nowadays there are lots of startup challenges. Mostly they define a very broad area in where ideas are sought. It is a rather passive way to innovate. It is... Read more

    8 hours, 11 minutes ago by   Thinkibility
  • De Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

    Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

    @ Lake Hood, Anchorage, AK September 2017 Photographed this lovely lineup of Beavers tied up to a dock at Lake Hood.  Lake Hood’s oldest and largest seaplane... Read more

    8 hours, 55 minutes ago by   Htam
  • 6 Tools To Drive You To Promote Yourself In Business

    Tools Drive Promote Yourself Business

    Too many people, young and older, let their career and their lifestyle happen to them, rather than proactively making things happen based on their personal... Read more

    10 hours, 26 minutes ago by   Martin Zwilling
  • New Meal Plan – Emőke Csoma’s Favorites

    Our popular keto meal-plan tool gives you everything you need to succeed on a keto low-carb diet. Meal plans, recipes and shopping lists - no planning... Read more

    10 hours, 46 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor