If Then…Include a Picture

If when writing a description of something and there’s even a slight chance your audience might not be familiar with the thing, then include a picture.

If your writing ability falls short in the description area, then include a picture.

If you’re a great writer and descriptions ooze out of your pores, then you can still include a picture.

For example, if I told you that a Bedlington Terrier looks more like a sheep than a dog, you’d have a general idea of what I mean. But how much better if I also showed you a picture of one?

There seems to be a long-held belief that good writing – serious writing – and pictures are somehow mutually exclusive.

I don’t know who started that rumor. It’s not true. Use pictures.

They’ll adorn good wordsmithing and salvage poor writing.

– Zac Smith, VC