An author friend of mine recently suggested that my photography and writing feed each other, and I had been thinking the same thing. This hasn’t been a conscious effort, but recently I started working with new development techniques for photos, spending hours working on an image until it was what I wanted.
Then there was a call for submissions from an e-book publisher for stories about heists and capers. Well, I happened to have one I wrote six years ago. I pulled it out, read it, and really liked it, but it had major problems.Here’s a short glimpse of working with an old manuscript.
I spent three months re-doing the plot, but some of the original manuscript will stay. I’ll edit and rewrite because I’ve grown a lot in six years, but there was an energy that I want to keep. The similarity between revising an old manuscript and editing an image struck me. I sense or feel my way to what I want, and know it when I have it. The old manuscript is like a raw image.
Here are some before and after images.
Culvert Over Tahoe:
Church with a man:
Do you find different arts and crafts overlapping for you? I’d love to hear your experience!
Nicci Carrera writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense and is published by The Wild Rose Press. She lives in Northern California with her totally awesome husband who helps her figure out plot holes and who reads and critiques the first draft. They are currently without pets because they spend a lot of time traveling to see grown children and three little grandchildren (including adorable infant twins!) Nicci blogs twice a week, usually with photography. You can check out her photos on her blog or Facebook page.
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