And we’re back with The Muse Series! As you may recall, we are exploring the topic of the inter-relationship of creativity and images in writing and the graphic arts.
This week, we have Tui Snider, award-winning author, speaker, and visual artist sharing her thoughts with us regarding her experiences with creativity and imagery.
1) Do pictures inspire your creative writing endeavors? If yes, how so?
Visual imagery really sets my imagination spinning! Photos and artwork I’ve seen have spawned short stories, poems, and even songs.
2) Have you always found a link between imagery and your writing? Please explain.
When I take photos, I try to tell a story of some sort. With my travel writing, that story is often quite literal. I want to show people what they can see and do at a certain place.
With my more artsy and seemingly abstract photos, however, I am also a storyteller.
It was not conscious at first, and many times it still isn’t. Those photos are more poetic.
In fact, it wasn’t until the poet, Morgan Dragonwillow, asked if she could incorporate my photos into her poetry book, Wild Woman Waking, that I realized taking abstract/artsy photos was a form of visual poetry for me!
3) Do you find you have any image/imagery ‘triggers’ that especially move you to write &/or create?
For writing, I love gray, rainy days that allow me to sit inside and look out a window with a cup of coffee and that cat by my side. For taking photos, I adore sharply defined shadows, reflections, and historic country graveyards.
4) Any other thoughts on this topic you would like to share?
Creative expression is like water. It seeps into everything!
Tui’s web site:
Tui Snider is an author, photographer, musician, and speaker who specializes in quirky, haunted, and downright bizarre destinations.
As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!”
Tui’s writing and photographs have been featured by a variety of publications, including Coast to Coast AM, FOX Travel News, LifeHack, the City of Plano and more. She was recently chosen by Tarleton State University to be the 2016 writer & photographer-in-residence for the Langdon Review.
Tui has several new books in progress and co-hosts a weekly radio show called Para Mysteries. She enjoys connecting with writers and readers all over the globe through social media and her website: TuiSnider.com.