For many years, in trying to write, I would become lost in page after page of words, words, words. Reading books about writing I discovered the note card system to organize my novel. From this I learned about using pictures to enrich my ability to describe things. It was like turning a light on in a dark closet and once I had illumination I could see all the things I had put on the shelves. There were characters, settings, weather, and props I could now describe in richer detail. It was wonderful. Since that time I use pictures each time I broach something new in my writing process. In the novel I just finished I have pictures and descriptions of every character, building, even a little green crocodile cake.
For all of the aspiring writers out there, here is a creative writing exercise.
Take a look at the picture below. Write a scene about a theft. Who has been stolen from and how? Why is the object that was stolen so precious? What was stolen? The bike? A car? The little tin can in the bike basket? Why are the wheels disassembled and locked up?