Some of us need writing activities to get us writing. Sometimes a writing prompt will stimulate your creative thoughts. At other times, finding an evocative image can inspire ideas beyond the realm of your own imaginings. An effective visual writing prompt creates questions that need answers, leaves traces of something that must be followed and opens doorways to other worlds.
I have been creating visual writing prompts using Pinterest. I specifically like my Pocket Profiles pinboard with images of things that might be found in a character’s pocket, bag or backpack. Try picking five items form these images as a starting point for building character. Ask questions like:
- Who would have these items in their pocket?
- What do these items tell you about this character?
- What insights of personality might be revealed through the items?
- Why does your character have these items in their pocket?
- What do the items tell you about the kinds of actions and events the character might be involved in?
- Do these items lend themselves to a story plot?
Following are photos I took that you can also use as writing prompts:
And finally, here some links to other great images to help activate your imaginative processes
- Howard Holiness: Art
- Laurette Thomas: More Systical, Mythical, Magical
- Christine Cherry: Fantasy
- Sandi James: Miscellaneous Bits
- Will Scobie: Photography
All images courtesy of A Worded Life: Writing and Editing Services.