Quick write: Snowy day, then write away


As part of our quick write this week, I am tipping my hat to those shivering souls across the country who are quaking in their soggy winter boots.

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(Flickr: Rachel Kramer)

That’s because this Southern California girl is dreaming of a white Thanksgiving after I came across this beautiful photo by Rachel Kramer on Flickr while searching for an image for another story.

I was immediately drawn to the quaint cabin.

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I imagine myself perched among the branches that frame my view and peer into the snowy scape.

I can hear the hush of freezing breeze.

I can feel my limbs gone to ice.

And I wonder what warmth and comfort lives in that cottage.

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According to famed novelist Truman Capote, “Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.”

When writing, give serious consideration to how you convey perspective when describing a scene or an image. It’s important to not only paint the word portrait for your reader, but to give them permission to let their own imaginations run free, too.

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Take a moment to describe the scene depicted here. Or write the scene that is not depicted. Who resides in the cottage? What promise or peril awaits the frozen travelers once they step inside?

Does the photo recall fond memories for you? If so, journal them here, but then expand and “rearrange the rules” of those recollections for a grander, more imaginative telling of the tale.

Or perhaps this snowy scene will inspire some poetry for you today. Call up words that inspire and speak truth to your reader.

Kerri S. Mabee is managing editor at and founder of Breeze Media & Communications. Learn more about her at



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