Sometimes an image that a writer can’t get out of his head is enough to get a story moving. By contrast, even the slightest difficulty in thinking up characters and situations can block the narrative machine. It is then that this book, devised by a male and female writer for other male and female writers, comes to the rescue of those who wish to develop their imagination by seeking inspiration in images produced by others.
Artworks and, if we extend our vision to the entire field of visual art, architecture, design, film frames and advertising, are not objects to be contemplated passively. These are images that speak to us, involve us, to which we react with all our senses and our mind. They help to expand the sensory experience that is the essential baggage of every writer who, unlike the art critic, has the advantage of being able to draw on it in the most daring and spontaneous manner, not to decipher or comment on the images but to extract what they have to contribute to the cause of writing.
Backed by their long teaching experience, Giulio Mozzi and Valentina Durante welcome us into their bottega della narrazione (storytelling workshop) and help us to discover how visual imagery can become an extremely useful tool for intuitively understanding aspects of storytelling, such as the figure of the narrator, dialogue, plot, style and sequence. After all, works of art are made by people who have shown a certain talent for getting to grips with and solving creative dilemmas much like those that plague people with writer’s block. So learning from their trained gazes is the best starting point for constructing more vivid and compelling scenes and plots, capable of captivating the reader’s inner eye.