The title of this piece is meant to be text literal, in that it means to outline how forms of artwork contributes greatly in storytelling. The quote from Tess Flanders in 1911 that a picture is worth a thousand words, is probably as true as it gets in the descriptive value of visual art in any of its various genres.
In literary works, the use of visual art is an excellent way to remove much of the mystery found in text works of fiction or nonfiction, where you give the reader either a page by page or sectional visual explanation of what is written, where in many cases you can avoid the need of too much descriptive text to tell the story. I know that many who spend a great deal of time reading, might prefer the mystery within the text and the freedom to imagine based on the authors descriptive account of things within and often prefer the text driven storyline from authors whose ability to paint a picture with the written word is excellent at keeping the reader enthralled. Great authors like Tom Clancy, one of my favorites, was exceptional at writing in a way that painted a picture with detail not too descriptive, not too vague, but just right. However, for those like me who grew up on the comic book and the Robert E. Howard short story novels with sectional illustrations of the main character Conan, I greatly appreciate a well written story with illustrations that help tell that story.
Visual art found in accompaniment with text in order to tell a story cannot be presented as a stand-alone piece, used as some form of filler to decorate, but must itself be descriptive and used as a part of a symphonic piece to help complete the ensemble. However, the splash page, or cover can be created with a bit more creative freedom, with added enthusiasm or even tedium to help generate interest in the story.
Without a doubt, I love writing about things, I love telling a story. When my children were little, I would tuck them into bed at night and tell each of them a story I would create at that moment, that would have something to do with some part of their day, trying hard to get them to paint a picture in their minds based on their own memory, coupled with my attempt to inject fantasy into their already stored recollection.
A picture is worth a thousand words, whether drawn on a canvas, computer screen, or drawn from memory, the visual image is a sound thing that even a caveman realized had value equal to, and in some instances, more appreciated than the written word, so when you can combine the two successfully, the sky’s the limit.