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Photos can be poignant, powerful, or precious glimpses of a moment in time. Each one tells a story. Usually, the story is more than the caption you might see. Far more. If you were to browse through “75 Iconic Photos,” you will agree. The picture above is only one of them.
What observations do you make as you see a photo? What questions rise? Do you see fear on the woman’s face? I see joy mingled with something else. Is it hope perhaps? And what about the soldier whose face we see most clearly? Wonder? Respect?
Some photos strike us with a sense of irony, or even indignation and ire. Sometimes a photo does nothing more than make you smile. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
In creative writing, we can try to make our stories like a picture. A powerful and poignant picture that brings you a sense of wonder, makes you smile, or brings tears to your eyes. A snapshot that invokes a feeling, exposes your emotions or opinions, or opens your eyes to something you have never seen that way before.
This is the power of a photograph, and it is the power of a story.
A short story is also like a scene rather than the whole movie playing. Think about some of your favorite scenes in movies. Scenes that caught the essence of a movie somehow.
The character William Wallace shouting “Freedom” at the end of the movie Braveheart. If you did not see the rest of the movie, you would know that he was a man willing to die for what he believed, and you would probably have a feeling of satisfaction, as well as a wish that you somehow knew more about the story, more about that person.
Or Robin Williams in Dead Poet’s Society, standing on the desk and telling his students about seeing life from a different perspective. He urges the class, “We must constantly look at things in a different way.” That scene catches the essence of the movie. You see a teacher fully engaged with his students, urging them to step out of the confines of what they see and know wand embrace life. You see the faces of students responding, with wonder, disbelief, desire. You know, intrinsically, that he will change their lives.
That is the power of a scene. The power of a story. Or it can be, if we know how to write it right.
[Reposted from Clovis Adult Education Blog]
If you’ve been following this series on working from home over the past 11-or-so weeks, you might be thinking, “Working from home sounds like a great option for me. But when should I start? I don’t know if I’m ready, or if now is the right time.”
The truth is, there will never be a “perfect” time. I considered waiting on working from home until I earned my English degree. I also thought that perhaps I could better focus on developing a work-from-home career once all my children were in school. Perhaps you’re busy planning for your teenagers’ graduation, or you are still in school. Maybe you are waiting until you have enough money saved up enough to quit your present job. Or it simply does not feel like the stars are in alignment; things don’t seem to be lining up in your life.
The pins will never all be lined up perfectly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get an awesome strike.
So when should you start? Start when your heart tells you, “Now is the time.” Yes, you need to factor in logistical and practical aspects. You need to count the costs. You definitely need to first decide that working from home is what you want to do and you have the skills to match your desire. But don’t be afraid to take that first step, whatever it might be for you. Don’t hesitate to get your feet wet.
This doesn’t mean you have to jump in with both feet. As people often tells aspiring writers, actors or artists, “Don’t quit your day job.” You might have to double task for a while – making strides with your work-from-home career while maintaining employment. During that time, you probably can’t give your working-from-home venture eight hours a day, or even four hours a day. Do what you can. Start by researching your options, reading books on the topic, talking with people who have worked in your niche and know how to succeed.
Start out small, but start somewhere. With something.
Many people have a website or blog where they claim they tried some particular work-from-home venture and found that you can go from a 0-60K income in a matter of three months and enjoy holidays on the shore of some pristine Caribbean Island while managing minimal work from your handy laptop (or tablet or iPad or iPhone). You’ll notice that they don’t post pictures of their many vacations. Even if they are telling the truth, those lucky people are few and far between. If you’re attempting to work from home for fast money, you will likely be disappointed.
However, if you’re looking to work from home because you found that you can do something you love from home while caring for your children or looking after an elderly parent, you will likely find the perfect work-from-home career. If money is your motive, it’s probably not worth it. If purpose or a passion is your motive, you are probably on the right road. If you have an absolutely awesome plan to go with it, great!
Follow the path and see where it leads.
Work-from-Home Lesson Eleven:
If you are wondering when to start taking steps toward a work-from-home venture, do not wait until everything is perfect. Start somewhere, with something. You will learn as you go, and discover that there really is a lot to learn. Have fun learning. Enjoy the journey. Yes, it involves work, but as they say, “If what you do is what you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
This post concludes my summer series on working from home. Thanks for reading, and stayed tuned. Another series coming soon! If you missed the previous posts, scroll down, because (nearly) every Tuesday this summer, I posted about a lesson I learned from writing and editing over the past four years.
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