Writing Tips Round Up: Storytelling with objects4 min read

by Jun 13, 2017Tips0 comments

A weekly round up of writing advice and inspiration

“If you’re thinking of writing a novel, you can apply the imagery and symbolism of the 78 cards of the tarot to help you develop plot, conflict, character profiles, dialogue, and scenery, as well as to introduce unpredictable elements. The cards can even serve as a creativity prompt if you hit a brick wall while you’re writing.”

Write To Done floats the idea of using tarot cards as a tool for novel-writing, and here advises on choosing the right deck and spread to tell your story.

“Storytelling with art is one of the most satisfying aspects of creating. Mixed-media artists reveal their narratives so many different ways–through collage, abstracts, portraits, assemblage, and textile art. I love telling stories through my artwork.”

Cloth Paper Scissors magazine has a fantastic tutorial on storytelling using mixed media – in particular, a vintage photo album. This could make a great side project for adding authenticity or flavour to your novel-in-progress. They even add some great mixed media storytelling book recommendations at the end for good measure!

“From former skating shoes and high heeled wedges to sporty trainers and big boots – Costa’s imagination runs wild, taking inspiration from Victorian inventions and classical fiction. You can almost imagine them leaping from the pages of a Jules Verne novel.”

Creative Boom feature a photo gallery of the amazing shoe sculptures of Costa Magarakis, each one telling an inspired and fantastical story!

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“When someone says “India”, the free associated word that often pops up in mind is “spices.” India and its cooking methods are becoming a world known phenomenon. What few people know is that Indian story telling is greatly inspired by Indian cooking. As a matter of fact, in India the Theory of Dramatics— Bharat Natya Sastra— addresses emotions as Rasa (Taste.)”

A fascinating piece on Books By Women explores the similarities between Indian cooking and the elements of its cultural storytelling – and the particulars of choosing the ingredients for each – to make the dish/story spicier or more balanced. I would love to study whether these kinds of connections could apply to other worldwide cuisines!

“When you write a pattern (or a schematic, or a piece of code), your eye isn’t often on the whole picture. Instead you are focused on the segment you are working on now. The next granny square in your quilt, or the next line of your scarf. Patterns move your mind away from the whole, to the detail. And this is interesting when we think about writing description.”

Plotist‘s Jenny hates writing description – so turns to her knitting and crocheting hobbies for some plot inspiration!

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