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Boy with Bubbles Writing Prompt


Here is a photo writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing. A little boy stands in a grassy area, blowing soap bubbles with a wand. Does he remind you of yourself? Your son? A male relative or the son of one of your friends? He could even remind you of your dad, grandfather, or an uncle from a family story. What mood does the photograph convey to you?

First, check out the physical details. How old is the kid? He is definitely beyond the chubby, big-headed toddler stage. But his features still look soft, round, and childlike. He has an expression of intense concentration that I associate with little kids because they can lose themselves in the simplest activities such as blowing bubbles. I would tentatively put him at six or seven years old. Do his clothes suggest anything to you? He is a boy from contemporary times. His family seems to be fairly well off that they can dress him in sturdy, good quality apparel. Whoever buys his clothes has a realistic grasp of the rough-and-tumble activities of the everyday boy and isn't wasting money trying to keep him looking pretty in church clothes. Where is the kid's location? A public park? The vast estate of a wealthy family? Is he a poor little rich boy, or perhaps the son of one of the servants?

Does anything eccentric stand out about this kid that you could use to hang a story on? For me, it's the odd arrangement of his shirts. If you look closely, you'll notice that he is wearing two shirts. First, a V-neck blue T-shirt with short sleeves. Underneath, a striped, short-sleeved, button-down shirt. That is rather formal for your average little boy, who probably would have just put on the T-shirt and left it at that. It also shows an awareness of fashion and accessorizing that is unusual for a kid that age. Did an overprotective mother dress him? Or did he insist on the look because it reminds him of a favorite male relative, now dead or otherwise gone, who wears a suit with a vest in a treasured photograph?

What mood does this photograph impart to you? You might feel nostalgia for the carefree days of childhood. Or you might feel melancholy because the little guy seems to be all by himself with no friends. Let your imagination run wild as you write his story.

Photo courtesy of Dreamstime Stock Photos: Free Picture: The Boy And Soap Bubbles ID: 268797 Sergey Poluyan | Dreamstime Stock Photos

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