Prompt Wednesday: Pics & Words

Picture Prompt

This week I began my usual search for prompts and couldn’t find anything that was particularly interesting. Of course, that won’t do — a prompt post has to go up on Wednesday no matter what. As I kept thinking, I realized it  had been a while since I did a picture prompt here at the blog. A few weeks ago, the weekly prompt featured two choices — a written prompt and a picture prompt. This time, I decided to change it up and present you with a picture prompt and a written prompt. Your task this week, as a writing exercise, is to combine the writing prompt with the picture. Look at the picture and imagine how the written prompt might fit with it. Then simply combine them into a poem, a short story, or a piece of flash fiction.

Writing prompt: On a night like this.

Though the writing prompt is brief, I think that only helps your mind wander and extrapolate on its own. If a writing prompt is too specific or too wordy, it can block your own imagination. Then the resulting piece of fiction won’t be as outrageous or as interesting as it could have been. So, go wild with this prompt — remember that prompts are simply suggestions for your imagination to work with.

If the written prompt presented here is brief, the picture prompt is even briefer. As a general rule, picture prompts offer you with very little to begin with. It’s your imagination’s job to figure out what the people are doing in the picture, who they are, what their feelings and motivations are, and why they’re posed the way they are in the provided picture.

In the case of the picture above, things would seem fairly straightforward — a group of young people are crowded expectantly around a telephone. But there are so many gaps to fill in there — what are they waiting for? Are they waiting for something or are they fearful of something? Who are these people and why are they gathered together?

Let your imagination run wild with these prompts and take some time today to write!

— Jet Fuel Editor, Mary Egan

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