Writing with Abstract Art

11 Aug

My latest blog post for Ploughshares offers writing prompts inspired by abstract art, with wisdom from Jeanette Winterson, and features a fantastic, electric illustration courtesy of Amy Frierson.

Back when I was slogging through the first draft of my first novel, I looked to visual art every morning as a prompt. I had a big stack of Dover art stickers that I would randomly choose from, and stick in my journal, and over time, I found that Kandinsky helped me write my protagonist. I have no idea why. But when you’re focusing on just getting words on the page, you do whatever works, right? Now I’m working on a couple projects dealing with art more deliberately, one of which I’ve written a bit about in these posts; the other is a bit too embryonic, but I’m excited about it and look forward to telling you more here when the time is right.

5 Responses to “Writing with Abstract Art”

  1. justinaluther August 11, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    That’s great!

    • AS August 11, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

      Thanks, Justina! Glad you enjoyed it.

      • justinaluther August 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

        You’re welcome. I’m always glad to find another tool to fight writer’s block. A blog post a week and a novel to work on can leave my brain fried.

      • AS August 11, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

        That is a lot! There are more writing prompts in my previous posts for Ploughshares too–not to distract you from your own writing 🙂 I’m always hopeful that one of the prompts will unlock something important for another writer: http://blog.pshares.org/index.php/author/ancaszilagyi/

      • justinaluther August 11, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

        I appreciate it! I’ll check them out the next time I’m stumped.

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