Pieces of Me

One Inch Photo Frame

She sat staring at the pen. Willing it to come to life. Sometimes she felt more at ease with the pen, than the keyboard. The rhythm was more fluid, more organic. The weight of it was a comfort in her hand. The cursive flow of words on the page was a hopeless reminder that there was life in the string of letters.

Yet here she sat, no words, no life.

The frustration was not that there were no words. No characters. No plot. No genre. The frustration was that there were so many. The voices in her head were clambering on top of one another, trying to be heard. The din was ear piercing at times. She could see each one, each voice. They were defined as a person, animated, vocal and passionate. Each voice wanted their story to be heard. Each voice wanted to be heard right now.

She clasped her head with her hands. She closed her eyes. She tried to focus on her breathing. Deep, long breaths her husband said that morning. The quiet will come, just focus on your breathing.

Without the quiet, she could not write.

Then she remembered the story of the birds. Bird by bird. The small book sat on her bedside table. For the past few nights it has been the solace at the end of her long days. In hopeless gratitude she picked it up each night and read another chapter. Her soul relinquished to the absolute honesty of what she read. It is within those pages that she felt Anne Lamott spoke only to her. It is within those pages that she discovered the one inch photo frame.

With her pen now in her hand, she remembered the one inch photo frame. The clamber of voices, the heavy weight of their stories eased as she looked through her one inch photo frame. This tiny window into her words was the perspective she needed. This was the perspective that allowed her to focus.

Now she could write. The words flowed with more ease. In the quiet she could define her characters. Unravel her plot. Define her genre. In the quiet she found the light.

one inch photo frame

While we all may not be writers and we all may not have a din of voices, chaotic and rowdy in our minds. We all sometimes need to shift our perspective. For sometimes it can be our saving grace. Try not to get hung up on the labels, the genres or the pigeon holes. Instead, try and look at the world through a one inch photo frame.

Have you ever looked at life through a one inch photo frame?


Secret Subject Swap is a once a month post that links the talents of Emily, Melissa, Jodi, JC, Becky, Rhianna, Ashley, Zanni and me. The topic this month was sent to me by Becky: My topic for you is “genre”. What is your favorite genre to write? Are there other genres you have written? What genres have you never tried but would like to? Are there any genres you think would be difficult for you to write? What genre is your current writing project in? These are just examples of questions you can address. Choose to answer all or none of them if you like; anything about “genre” is fine.

Please stop by and visit all the fabulous writers who are part of this link-up x

  • Oh Josefa I get so wrapped in your words from the first sentence. Don’t ever stop.

  • Beautiful as always Josefa! Yes, changing perspective, or position, can get things going. Glad you made a start! xx

  • Emily Morgan

    Great post – I could really empathise. And sometimes it seems that if you don’t respond to the cacophony of voices immediately, then they will be lost forever. But you can’t respond, when all the ideas are clamouring at once. A catch-22 for writers. I couldn’t agree more that genre can be limiting.

  • I totally get this post. Such a lovely idea and a great way to illustrate it!

  • What a poetic way to describe a writer’s need for focus! There are so many different genres and topics I like that it’s often hard to pick just one idea and run with it. A one-inch photo frame would be a great solution!

  • Leanne Shea Langdown

    That’s beautiful!

  • What a beautiful post and a fabulous way to stay focused.

  • Beautifully written and really interesting. I’ve never heard of the one inch photo frame before. What a great way to focus. Through my career, I have mainly written news and media releases for government. I sometimes find it difficult to switch to a more creative genre and make my words sound interesting. This is a good tool to use though.

  • LydiaCLee

    Lovely (as always) – usually I need to go the other way – move away from the one inch frame and see the big picture…

  • Lisa – Sweet Little Prettiea

    Beautifully written. Love the aspect of the one inch frame
    Visiting from FYBF and Sweet Little Pretties

  • TeganMC

    A wonderful story. I related so much with the noises and too much going on preventing the ability to write. That is one of my biggest hurdles at the moment. I think I might take your advice, slow down and look at things one at a time.

  • AParentingLife

    great post Josefa, something we can all relate to in here, a change of perspective can be a wonderful thing.

  • Martine Oglethorpe

    A gorgeous sentiment and beautifully written

  • Ashley

    Lovely post – enjoyed reading

  • Money Mummy

    Gorgeous post – such a lovely way to demonstrate the benefit of changing your perspective – well done.

  • i so need to try this idea! Cause sometimes I have so many ideas, so many words and so many different stories waiting to come out ….and no idea on how to express them.
    Love the Flowers and the Photo Frame idea.

  • moonduster

    I should try this! My house is always chaotic, and I often find it hard to focus on my writing.

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