I walked over to my local coffeehouse yesterday (Mystic Mocha) and on the way home saw a weathered bench that I thought would make an interesting photo. I pulled out my iPhone and snapped. I knew the photo would need cropping and editing, but I was pretty sure I could make something of it. The unedited version is at the top of this page.
When I was putting the phone back in my pocket I accidentally hit the button and it took another photo. Totally unplanned, simply a mistake. But when I got home and checked it out I was shocked at how much I liked it. Unlike the bench shot, it was dynamic and a bit mysterious. I’m not going to do any editing to it because I like it so much. What do you think?
So what does this have to do with writing? I realized that – like the accidental photo – I’ve stumbled into projects, phrases, ideas that initially looked like mistakes but later turned into something quite wonderful. For today, how about flipping your writing ideas on their ears and seeing how a new perspective might create a “mistake” that’s far better than anything your logical mind could have imagined?
Leave a comment, please. What do you think of this concept?