Not everyone writes the same way, so it must follow that not everyone responds to the same prompts in the same ways. Some people rely more on visual stimuli and are therefore more inclined to be inspired by a photo prompt. Others may prefer a written prompt, keeping the result in the same medium as the inspiration. Personally, I like to have a mix of the two — it’s nice to have words to prompt you toward a new piece of writing, but sometimes a picture can just hit you in the right spot to create something in response. So, today, I thought I’d give you two options for a Wednesday prompt — a picture prompt and a word prompt.
Your picture prompt for this week comes from the Easy Street Prompts blog, a great resource for prompts or anything else writing-related. The picture, which can be seen to the right, consists of a yellow trailer standing in the sun with a “for sale” sign in front of it. To the left of the trailer, you can see a red pickup truck, a black lamppost with the number “89” on it, and a stuffed dog in front of the lamppost. This picture is ripe with writing ideas: why is the trailer for sale? Who owns that red pickup truck — the inhabitant of the trailer or someone else? Did the trailer’s resident like the lamppost? Where did the stuffed dog come from?
Your written prompt for this week comes from the Writer’s Digest daily prompts page. The prompt reads as such: You had planned to attend a friend’s birthday party and plugged her address into your GPS system, but the system guided you to somewhere else. Oddly enough, there was a man waiting for you at this mysterious place. “Sorry I had to rig your GPS, but this is urgent,” said the person. Again, this is just waiting for someone to write something — who is this man? Why did he rig your/your character’s GPS system? Where did the GPS end up taking you? What do you need to do once you get there?
I hope these prompts have helped you get inspired! Now, go write!
— Jet Fuel Editor, Mary Egan