An e mail recently from Daring to Live Fully had me jumping up and down! Ok, not literally but you get the gist
The post talks about “Streetcombing” a system created/developed by Richard Stomp which is based on beach combing. Remember beach combing? You must have done that when you were a kid, hell, I still do it now!
Anyway, it’s aimed at the business world, but in my opinion, it works very well for us writers. But I’m afraid you will need to actually go out. That’s right, leave your desk! Yeah, I see ya, looking out of the window and shivering (well, thats you and me both here in the UK!). I wish I’d stumbled across this in the summer, sorry about that, but, if I’m game, I hope you are
So once you’ve put your jumper on, got your brolley, get your camera and we’ll begin
1. Go for a walk. Find an interesting street, preferably one with shops on.
2. Watch for anything that catches your eye. Have the mind of a child, be curious in everything.
3. Take photos of things you find interesting. Take lots of photos. Don’t ask yourself why you’re attracted to taking the photo of that old milk crate, not yet.
4. Go home, have a nice warm drink and upload your photos to your PC.
5. Look through the photos and ask yourself the following questions of each one:
What is the concept behind this photo?
Why did I take it?
What makes it interesting?
6. Take the concept you found and use it to start generating ideas, orrrrr for us writers, use the photo itself to generate a story/character idea.
If you’re not too sure what Mr Stomp means about concept, watch this video. It’s only 7 minutes long. I found the sound to be very quiet so you might have to max your volume.
Mr Stomp suggests you do this once a week, but I’m thinking once a month would be better for me
Right at the end Mr Stomp says that the idea could be adapted into “Museumcombing” or “Supermarketcombing” etc. I’m just loving those ideas, the possibilities are endless!
So I will be Streetcombing at some stage when this rain stops (and after Nano lol) How about you? Fancy it?