Which photograph tells a more invigorated story?

Saturday, July 2, 2011

They are the same three boys. It is the same pair of steps at the Berlin cathedral. Only seconds separate the scenes.  But it seems to me that these two photographs tell very different stories, just as the two nearly identical sentences I have been working through this morning would each take my new novel (only 3,000 words long at the moment) into very different directions.

In the early writing of a book, the smallest-seeming decisions both delimit and define.

It's all so fragile.  It takes so much time.


Caroline Starr Rose said...

Another reason why first drafts terrify me! ;)

Wendy said...

Yup, yup - I can relate!

*p.s. I like the top photo the best of these two - to me, it tells the "bigger" story because it connects the boys in a relationship

Lilian Nattel said...

I like both photos and yes, different stories--great analogy.

Beth F said...

Unlike Wendy, it's the bottom photo that calls to me. It seems more forward looking and the top one speaks of conclusions.

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