Using Images For Inspiration

Using Images for Inspiration

Images, be it from pictures, artwork, or an impression you gain from someone (this is the actual definition), can be a great source of inspiration for your writing. Take this one, that I found on Tumblr yesterday and managed to get two stories out of:

Image courtesy of Tumblr
Image courtesy of Tumblr

It doesn’t seem like much, but when you use the 5 W’s and 1 H, you suddenly get so much out of it.  (Those 5 W’s and 1 H are, by the way: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How.)

And, better still, whatever you create from the image you find is completely, utterly and entirely yours to use as you will, with no copyright issues! Yay!

A great place, I’ve found, for picture prompts is Tumblr, but you can also try Pinterest, We Heart It, or just about any photo sharing site. If you’re looking for a specific topic – such as animals – then you can use Google Images (so, “cats in hats” would make for an interesting story or article!), but this can be a bit vague and give you lots of word prompts if you just search “writing prompts”.

Basically, images give you so much. I got two separate stories, with the MC even in different stages of life (ok so in one she was murdered and the other sleeping) from the picture above. Imagine what you can do with two images, or five!

And here’s some pictures from my ‘Prompts’ folder on my laptop for you to enjoy:


Next week: word prompts and a really cool word prompt generator…thing. (Of course I am a writer with a vast array of vocabulary, what are you talking about?!) 



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