Saturday, March 2, 2019

Saturday Writing Prompt ~ A Picture Says 1000 Words

Welcome to our Saturday segment.

I thought we'd go a different direction this week by using a picture as a prompt rather than a situational one. Some of my favorite stories I've written have been based on personal experiences, dreams I've had or pictures I've come across in doing research for articles and blog posts. The common idea in each of these is that they are visual. What we can see can stir up emotions and the words to breathe life into those emotions. The end result can be so powerful.

Of course, all of the senses are tapped into when writing a good story. That's the way to draw readers into the plot and feel as though they are a part of the entire scene. And what attracts a reader to a book right off the bat? The cover. A good book cover should depict the main theme or idea of the story in the pages behind it. If you can get a reader to pick up your book based on the vibe elicited by your cover, that's the making of a best seller.

My favorite pictures are those from nature, especially water- or forest-related. Take a look at the picture above. What do you envision in there? What story is sprouting up among all the trees, brush and along the path? Is this a safe place or one of mystery? There are so many different directions you can go here.

For today's prompt, try to absorb yourself in this picture and create a story or poem from it.

You'll be surprised what you can come up with.

Happy writing!

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