WordPaint©: Giles Ward on Multimedia Fiction

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To celebrate the release of Spill (some stories) Giles Ward has shared his thoughts on using images as visual aids for his writing.


A picture is worth a thousand words. That is, if you hang around long enough to consider it properly. With 1.8 billion images* posted online a day, it is reasonable to suggest that we rarely stop to consider many images for very long: Barely enough time to get two meaningful words out of them, let alone a thousand. So, give me one thousand beautifully placed words and let my imagination paint the picture to go with them.

I’m in the business of images. I’m also in the business of words. I don’t know if that’s unusual. I just can’t tear the two apart. When I write I struggle to smear the required Wordpaint© on to the canvas to do justice to the pictures in my head. My characters are always in rooms I feel inadequate describing. I’m left with the conundrum: Do I tell you everything I see, or let you fill in the carpet, table and chairs? When I draw I see the story. I put the pieces together because I like the tale unfolding before me. I wonder if anyone else ever sees it too?

Spill (some stories) will be published in December as a collection of thirteen stories filled with colourful characters that have all gestated in my head and birthed on to the paper in a burp of lurid Wordpaint©. Characters like Martin (from the story The Diagnosis). Martin waits patiently in the doctor’s waiting room anticipating the call. He would rather not be part of the room. It is filled with people he doesn’t know, understand or like. And it makes him very anxious. And we all know what happens when Martin becomes anxious. I felt so sorry for Martin. I thought let’s bring him alive. So here is Martin looking worried:

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A picture can be worth a thousand words, but a thousand smudges of WordPaint© can create a mighty fine picture.



(First Published by Giles Ward on Impress Books Blog: https://impressbooks.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/wordpaint-giles-ward-on-multimedia-fiction/)

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