Pictures inspire the muse, and they are fun.
If you have visited me here before, you know already that visual images inspire my writing. I particularly enjoy still photographs for this purpose because they represent an arrested moment in life. Freezing a scene reveals more than the original sighting because it allows time for our minds to add their own narratives to the mix; with contemplation, meanings emerge as both personal and universal – in the process we meet the muse.
There are many ‘photo essays’ on this blog, but I’m sharing something slightly different this time, not simply pictures. I manipulated a few of my photographs to make them look like book covers – perhaps not particularly good examples because I’m not a designer – but good enough, I hope, to provide the ‘feel’ of a cover. I invite you to meditate on the ones that appeal to you and think about the kind of story that might lurk inside the ‘book’.
To please Google with a bit of jargon, let’s call is ‘reverse inspiration’: normally we start with a manuscript and try to capture its essence in a cover design, so here are the covers – what are the stories?
And if you enjoy reading stories too, you will love A Biography of Story, A Brief History of Humanity