1,000 Words

September 15, 2017


A picture is worth a thousand words.


Photographs and pictures are powerful. They often tell a story better than words. Pictures can include single details that take many words to describe. Pictures capture mood and emotion. Pictures draw you into the story and the character. 


Words can do the same thing. Carefully crafted, words can create a detailed image. Words can capture mood and emotion. Words can draw readers into the story and the characters. Words can do all that and more. Yes, the word count is greater than a single picture, but words are just as powerful and can say much more. 


As a child, my favorite activity was story time. My grandmother sat on the edge of my bed and told me stories of her childhood and my mother as a child. I connected with her words. Sometimes, she showed me a picture. That picture brought the details to life. However, that picture meant nothing to me without the connection of the story. 


But pictures can do something even more powerful. They can spark imagination. 

WRITING PROMPT: Go to the library and pick out a picture book from the shelves. Make sure the story is one you don't know. Open to a single page and study the picture. Do not read the story. Instead, close your eyes and visual the image in your head. Who is the main character based on his or her surroundings? If there is no one in the image, who might walk in at that moment? What is his goal? What obstacles are in his way? How will he overcome those obstacles to achieve those goals? Then write your own story. 


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CAROLYN BENNET FRAISER is a published writer and creative writing instructor in Brevard, North Carolina, where she enjoys helping youth find their passion for writing. 

Carolyn is available to speak to children and youth about creative writing at your school or special event. 

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