Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words
One image, one hour, 50-500 words.
The picture is the starting point, the text is up to you.
Visual Verse published my entry for this month’s picture prompt. The challenge is to write up to 500 words in an hour then submit. I have reread my submission and noticed two places to rewrite. Nothing major but once I spot the errors, they irritate me. Like noticing wallpaper the wrong way up. For example, I wrote ‘shop store window’. Excuse me! Shop and store are the same thing, Lynda.
Here are the opening two paragraphs which I hope entices you to read more. The rest of the story can be read from this link on the Visual Verse site https://visualverse.org/submissions/invisible-2/
I still wear the body suit. It is fraying now, and fails to hide my imperfections. The faint scars, the mole on my lip, the hair loss, the single eyebrow caused by crashing through time, fighting the forces dragging me to this frozen landscape.
The street was crowded with people stilled in time, a head turned, a foot raised, a mouth opened in conversation. I weaved around them, in motion, chattering, gesticulating, asking questions, shaking a shoulder to rouse a man from his torpor. They hear and see nothing.
I have amended my Visual Verse copy in my short story collection folder but no facility exists to do so on the site. But I guess that is the point of the challenge. Not only to write a piece, but to edit and revise too in the allotted time.
Visual Verse is a great site for developing imagination, and exercising the writing muscle. Ninety-four pages, so far, of poetry and prose with many interpretations of the picture. They can be found on Twitter and Facebook too, so sign up for the newsletter, and give it a go. Let me know when your piece is published so I can pop along and take a look.