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Picture a picture…
Write down all of the details captured in a picture–the who, what, where and when. Fill in all the details: full names of the people in the picture, the exact location of the place, what time it was, the reason you took the photo, what that thing is off to the left. This is essentially an extended version of the photo’s caption.
Write a one sentence caption for your photograph.
After you’ve written the caption, write down why it was hard to be limited to only one sentence.
Blow up your photograph.
Take a walk with your camera, and attempt to document the entire path that you traverse in a series of photographs. Use the reach of the camera’s lens to capture the long, straight stretches, and remember to snap pictures of the new views at each turn. Once the pictures are developed, you should be able to lay them out along the floor and see the entire path of your journey.
Get a group of people together in a room. Turn out all the lights with the understanding that a camera will be passed around and that each person should take a picture. The only time anyone will know where the camera is at any given moment is if they are actually holding it, or when the flash lights up the room.
Take pictures at an event — a birthday party, a wedding, a big night out on the town – with the intention of giving a set of the photos to a friend. But instead of mailing all of the pictures in one envelope, mail off each picture individually. That way, your friend will receive the nice surprise of a picture in each day’s mail over the course of a few weeks.
Take pictures of every door you enter.
Go to your rooftop and take pictures of the view. Try it at sunrise, or at sunset, or just before the day lapses into night.
Document a regular day in your life — the household in the morning, the place you buy your coffee before work, the goings on in your office, the lunch hour, getting home from work, preparing and eating dinner, the evening hours, getting ready for bed and just before the lights go out.
The next time you have a party, take a picture of each person just as they enter the door. Then, take a picture of each person as they exit. Send each guest both of their pictures. Let them figure out which one is their entrance and which one is their exit.
Document everything (and I mean everything — even those vending machine snacks) that you eat for a week. Create an online slide show out of the photographs — your own personal horror movie).
At an event or gathering or party, put your camera in a fixed position. Set it to auto-timer. Walk over every once in a while and click the button.
Photograph a crying baby.
Plant a tree in your backyard. Document its growth with your camera. Be sure to date all of the photos.
Set your camera up in a field or park, a place where you have distance to run. Set it to auto-timer. Click the button and run as far away from the camera as you can before it takes the picture.
Photograph your superstitions.
Get a notebook and a pen, or turn on your computer…
Write down a story that you’ve never, ever told anyone.
Write down as many conversations as you can remember that you had in the car during your last road trip.
Write down what it’s like in your bedroom just after you turn out the light.
Write out the recipe to your favorite dish. Then, follow your own directions and get busy in the kitchen. When the meal is ready, sit down at your table and enjoy the fruits of your labor. After you’ve gone past the point of stuffing yourself a couple of times over but before you get up, write out, with as much description as possible, why your favorite meal tastes so delicious.
Collect all the stories you have written, and get them ready to be bound up. Then, write the introduction to your collected works.
Randomly grab a packet of photos from the place where you store all your photographs (that you’ve been intending to put into photo albums, of course). Take a good long look at each photo as you flip through the stack. Then, write the story of this particular collection of pictures. What event, people, place, vacation is captured on film? What’s in the pictures that you can’t remember happening? What feels like it happened just yesterday? After you’re done writing it all down, fold up the paper and enclose it with the pictures in the packet. When you finally do get around to putting those pictures in an album, you’ll get a nice surprise when you rediscover the story.
Record a casual conversation. Then, transcribe it word for word – including all verbal detritus (“like,” “dude,” “listen to this,” “you know what I’m saying,” “and then he was like,” “um” and “uhhh.”) Once you are done, send the transcription to the person (or persons) involved in the recorded conversation.
Write a five-page short story. After you finish each page, drink a shot.
Write down the idea of your novel, the one you know you have in you. Or, set the opening scene of your screenplay, the idea for which you’ve bandied about forever but never actually put any words down on paper.
Write about the door you never should have opened.
Document the route you take to work everyday over the course of a week. On the first day, write about what you see to your left. On the second day, write about what you see on the right. On the third day, write about what’s happening on the ground, and on the fourth day, write about what you see going on up above. On the fifth day, write about what you see when you look straight ahead.
The next time your significant other goes out of town without you, write out exactly what you’re going to do to him when he walks in the door. Get the note to your significant other while he’s on the road. There’s a pretty good chance he will be hurrying home just as fast as humanly possible. (Speeding tickets be damned!)
Write out the history of your bed (partners, lovers, one-night stands), your streaked and stained kitchen table (all those dinner parties), the drinking glass-ringed coffee table in the living room (the feet that have rested upon it), or your desk (all those stories that have been written while sitting at it, staring out the window, noticing crescent moons and wondering just what the heck the neighbors across the way are doing).
Write down what her last words were.