Photoshop Collage

Rory Project12

You are a writer, aren’t you? Do you write? Well than you are a writer. Whether a person is a writer or not distractions are an ever-pressing issue that affects our ability to complete the things that we set to complete. So how do we, as writers avoid these distractions and continue to write? The first thing that needs to be done is identifying the distractions.

  1. Work
  2. Family
  3. Media
  4. Friends
  5. Half price martini’s on Tuesday nights

The unfortunate fact is that distractions are everywhere and there is no forecast to predict that they will disappear on there own. So a writer needs to learn how to work with them without letting them take all of their time. There are two very important factors that are needed in order to make this work: Time and efficiency.


Oh how wonderful it would be to have the ability to control time, or stop time for that matter. However, since that is a impossibility in the realm of reality we simply have to find the time within our 24 hour day, 7 day week to complete all of the things that we need to. Set a time that you want to dedicate to writing and add it to your schedule. If you want an hour every Thursday night to write put that out there and stick to it. If you have a family, inform them of your decision and devise a plan to make it work.

“I just don’t have the time to write.” This is an excuse that will earn you the chance to remove the title “writer” from your reputation. It is 3:30 AM on a Wednesday morning as I write this post and I have a full-time job that I report to at 7:00 this morning. Waking up early is always an option, and for my fellow coffee addicts it is not all that bad to have time for an extra cup-a-joe to start the day. The bottom line is: You want to be a writer, make time to be a writer.


This part is not only more detailed but offers more benefits. How does one simply become more efficient in their writing? It is simple… you read and you write. What I mean by this is not just following that old cliché that states that the more you read the better your writing will be, casual reading does little to improve your writing ability despite its ability to spark imaginative possibilities, what I am referring to is critical reading. Critical reading involves reading a piece of work and understanding its structure, its verbiage, the author’s use of adjectives, character building and plat development. Learn from those that have succeeded and fine-tune your own writing abilities. Your ability to learn from what you read will cause your writing to not only improve but to be written more efficiently which in turn will save you some of that valuable time that we all have so little of.

One of my favorite quotes is from a rather unfiltered author by the name of Chuck Wendig. I was in a situation full of excuses as to why I wasn’t writing. I was blaming all of the distractions around me and not myself when I read this quote and it made me see how vital it was for me to actually make the time.

“You want to be a writer? Good for you. So does that guy. And that girl. And him. And her. And that old dude. And that young broad. And your neighbor. And your mailman. And that chihuahua. And that copy machine. Ahead of you is an ocean of wannabe ink slaves and word earners. I don’t say this to daunt you. Or to be dismissive. But you have to differentiate yourself, and the way you do that is by doing rather than pretending.” (Wendig, 2013).

4 thoughts on “Photoshop Collage

  1. Hi Rory,

    Visually, this is a masterpiece of artwork. It’s a beautiful collage. I appreciate black and white and I can see a guy deep in thought. The main background picture is great and very artistic. I think that there would be a split as to people who looked at this and understood it versus those that don’t. I see the pictures, minus the building, as the potential distractions. The building is not as evident of a factor for me. As unusual of an approach as this is, it works in my opinion. It’s a statement piece to talk about, but I think it is a bit difficult for the masses to comprehend.

    A picture of a crying child comes to mind immediately. I also visualize just a bit more chaos, but I understand the point you are making.

    Overall, I really like your concept. I think the color photos show something vivid and in the forefront where the black and white shows the pondering. I like it. I just think you could potentially make it more evident as to the point that is being made.

    Taiwan (T.J.) Smith


  2. HI Rory,
    This is an interesting topic and concepts that everyone is a writer. First off i really like your decision to make the background image black and white while the others are in color, this really help set them apart from the objective and the distractions. The only thought i had is that id like to see more of the distractions represented and really fill you the space as if they are intruding on the writing process.
    Great work!


  3. Hi Rory,
    I can just imagine how frustrating it could possibly be to want to create something and just have blocks and distractions in the way of the final outcome all the time (half price martini’s are the worst distractions). I think setting guidelines to help you manage your time is important and good way to accomplish your goals but waking up at 3:30 am to write, that is tough.
    Reading your post, I would like to know more about the creation of your graphic. What each picture means to you and why you choose it. For example I saw the picture of your dog but he looks to be pretty calm in the picture. Maybe show a photo of the dog doing something that you find to be distracting and write a description of it in your post (some action shots). I am not sure what the building in your collage is or how it relates to your distractions so that may be another area to elaborate on. I think the dark picture in the upper right hand corner cold be lightened up just a bit as it is hard to see. I like the B&W shot of you at your writing desk as it shows you in deep thought and I like how it is big showing you in that mind set as the main focus.
    This is just some feedback that I think would help communicate the distractions in your life through your collage.


  4. Hello everyone,

    Thank you for all of the feedback. I appreciate the time and effort you have all taken to analyze my work. I should also add that it was rather helpful. There are so many things that you do not think about when creating something and many things that you miss (much the same reason why behind every great author hides a great editor).

    I have been thinking about your feedback and wonder if labeling the distractions would lesson the beauty of the collage. The building photo is actually of where I work, for clarification. What do you all think of labeling? Or would a simple descriptive paragraph explaining each be enough? I have also dabbled with the editing of the individual pictures a bit. I was thinking about fading them into the background instead of having defined edges.

    Again, thank you for the feedback and I look forward to making the necessary adjustments to make this collage stand out.



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