Images as Writing Prompts
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Choose one of these images to use as a writing prompt for a freewriting session . Ideally, you'll develop one of the ideas generated by your freewriting session into a short story. A reader named Adam C. described how this played out for him in a creative writing class in which each student was given a different photo to write about.
Picture Prompt in-a-Box Have you noticed that picture prompts are popping up on high stakes tests? Wouldn’t it be great to have a bunch of practice prompts to use with your students? They are easy and fun to make. All you need is a computer, the Internet, a word processing program, and a picture prompt-in-a-box template with easy directions to follow.
One of my favorite types of writing prompts to use is an image especially since I’m such a visual person myself. Whether you are a visual person or not using an image writing prompt is a good exercise for your creative energies. As I was updating the prompts for this week at The Write Prompt lens I became increasing aware of just how versatile such a prompt is. This this week’s image prompt for example, it’s a simple image of two children in a narrow space on one side of a door.
Writing : Creative Writing & Blogging Prompts Topic Starters, Picture Prompts, and Thought-Provoking Questions for You to Answer "The best learning comes in the doing, and writing from prompts engenders doing." — Judy Reeves Many writers and bloggers seek out articles , prompts, and story starters to get their creative juices flowing. Do you need an idea or a writing prompt or two to get you going too?
As of today, that’s how many posts there are at Dragon Writing Prompts :-) I had vague thoughts of a prompt inspired by 1000 as I saw the number approaching. Well, no great original ideas popped into my head. No not-great original ones, either. ;-) So, since a picture’s worth 1000 words, I browsed through the writing area of Worth1000.com for a picture prompt. (Click for larger view at the artist’s Worth1000 page.) Write a 1000 words inspired by the picture.
As I’ve discussed in my previous Hubs , doing creative writing exercises is a great way for fiction writers and poets to get in the habit of daily writing, eliminating the need for waiting to be inspired. Seriously, if you just sit around and wait to “feel” like writing, or for that ultimate great story idea to come to you, you will not get very much writing done. I know, because I have done so myself, waited that is, until I discovered that writing really is not just about inspiration, but also about hard work i.e. sitting down and writing everyday, even if it is just for a little bit.
Some folks just need a smidgen of a push to get their creative writing juices flowing. A word, concept or idea get’s them moving. For others, a visual cue is what they need to get the writing moving. I fall into the latter group. If I’m given a picture and a little idea, then I can usually build some kind of a story from it.
Pictures, and especially photographs, carry with them implicit narratives, making them ideal writing prompts for generating new short story ideas. Choose one of these photograph writing prompts , or use this exercise with a class or writing group, having each student/member bring in a picture and trade with someone. Whether you do it alone or with a group, the exercise will help loosen you up and get you to explore new themes.
Can anyone think of a better way to start a new week than with a lovely picture writing prompts? I sure do love these type of writing prompts, they are quite possibly my favorites, because a picture can sometimes tell us so much more than words could. Words get misunderstood, but pictures cannot lie. Anyway, the idea with this kind of creative writing exercises is that you are given a picture to look at, which should inspire you to write a short story, poem or piece of flash fiction based on what you see in it, and what you can imagine is going on beyond the edges of it. The picture writing prompt: