Subtle Differences… or maybe not so subtle

Earlier this month on the way into our cabin I took this photo:


On the way out a week later I took this one:

Same horse, same general location, but the weather had changed. Who would have thought a few snowflakes could alter the mood of a scene so drastically?

The same thing happens with point of view in our novel writing. There is a subtle change — or maybe it’s not so subtle — when a scene is viewed through different eyes or in different conditions. If you have a ho-hum scene, consider changing the perspective and see if that brings the scene to life.

Do you have an essential scene in your writing (or perhaps in a photograph) that lacks punch? What might you do to make a difference?



(A click or two will enlarge any photo for a closer look)

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5 thoughts on “Subtle Differences… or maybe not so subtle

  1. The snow makes the horse and the landscape seem magical. I love the differences between these two photos. Thanks so much for more of your great photography, Carol 🙂

  2. S. Etole says:

    I always enjoy what you share here; it gets me thinking.

  3. Shari Green says:

    Great advice re trying a different perspective. Thanks! Love the snowy pic. 🙂

  4. joylene says:

    Excellent suggestion, and so helpful. I’m struggling right now over a scene that’s about to take place overseas. Maybe I should try another POV. Thanks, Carol!

  5. Darlene says:

    Love the pictures!

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