Friday, May 8, 2020

Writing Lessons through the Lens of a Camera


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I spend a lot of time with my husband, Kirk, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and I always bring my camera. I’m constantly amazed when I get home and see the pictures on a bigger screen at the way the images turn out. 

One day, as I was sorting images, I was struck by the parallel between this and writing.
When I’m in the process of taking pictures, it’s like being in the thick of battle. I clamber over obstacles, scope out the view and plan the shots. Sometimes, like with the image I used for this blog post, I stand in icy cold water, hoping what I achieve will be worthwhile. 


But I never know for sure until Im back home. I just can't get the perspective I need to judge a photo in the tiny view window of my camera. 


Even when I get home and can see the images on my big computer screen, I still don't know how an image will be received by others—no matter how much I love it.

This is exactly like following God's call to write. 

Each manuscript—large or small—is in a way, a battle. I sit at my computer scope out the viewpoints, clamber over obstacles—like doubt, fear, and time—and plan what I’ll write. I sit and write, hoping that what I create is worthwhile, but never knowing until I’m finished. Then I can view it as a whole—like looking at my photographs on a larger screen. 

Then I have to go one step further with my writing. I have to put it out there for others to read. Sometimes it's my critique group, at other times it's my agent or a publisher. But I never know how God is going to use my writing (or my photography) until I'm willing send it off for others to see. 

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*NOTE: if you enjoyed this essay, I post regular devotions—paired with pictures I've taken—about life and faith on my Instagram account, @Stop2Pray and on my professional Facebook page, Edie Melson

Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.Connect with her on her website, through Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram

8 comments:

  1. I love taking nature photos too and enjoy sharing them on Instagram. It's interesting to see which ones attract people's notice. Their reactions are not something I can predict.

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    1. We can only do our best and sit back and be surprised by what happens! Blessings, E

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  2. Diane T. HolmesMay 8, 2020 at 9:38 AM

    I enjoyed your comparison between the art of taking pictures and the art of writing. I learn so much from you and your blogs and the blogs of others that you share here. Please keep them coming. I'm trying to get started on blogging myself, and all the information you put here is very much appreciated by me. Thank you so much.

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    1. Diane, I'm so glad I'm able to help! Blessings on your blogging endeavors! E

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  3. Your photography is stunning, Edie. You have such a gifted eye. Another parallel I draw between photography and writing is what we see through the lens, whether framing the scene we are photographing or framing the scene we are writing. When writing, I try to see my scenes, focus, freeze the important detail like a camera does that the eye might miss in real time. This also makes me a slower writer than I'd like to be. LOL I usually read your blog from my phone which, for some reason, doesn't allow me to comment. I'm on my laptop today. I so appreciate your blog and the writers who share their expertise and encouragement here.

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    1. Karen, thank you! And I LOVE your parallel! Thank you for sharing! Blessings, E

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  4. Wonderful comparison. I write and photograph landscapes too. So many parallels!

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    1. Lori, I love how many of us there are who enjoy photography and writing! Blessings, E

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