g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g Fiction Writing Site

BellaOnline's Fiction Writing Editor


Big Man Little Man

This photo writing prompt might pique your creativity. The somewhat surrealistic photograph could inspire fiction from many different genres, especially horror or science-fiction. What exactly is going on? A youngish man is staring out of the photo in a state of extreme emotion. He might be screaming in horror or he might be so aghast that he cannot even make a sound but must gasp like a fish out of water. An older man shrunk to a tiny size sits in a chair upon the young manís head. Look at the older manís expression. He appears to be gleeful or smug or amused.

Who is the younger man? Who is the older man? You could take the image metaphorically from the young manís point of view. Perhaps he feels possessed or dominated by an imposing older man who is not literally sitting on his head, controlling him, but might as well be. For some reason, the younger man is under the power of the older man, and it is up to you to create a story that explains it.

Is the younger man a harried office worker and the older man is his tyrannical boss? Perhaps the younger man is an unappreciated son or son-in-law, and this is how he views himself living in the shadow of his imposing father. How would he handle being an underdog who is ground under the shoe of an oppressor? Most people under stress have a fight-or-flight reaction. Which option would he take? Who is the older man who oppresses him and why is the older man doing it? How has the younger man allowed himself to fall under someone elseís control and what does he plan to do about it?

Maybe the image isnít metaphorical at all. The tiny older man could literally be the Devil or an evil spirit who is controlling the younger man. Or perhaps the older man is the younger manís future self, showing up to warn him about something. Or perhaps the young man is a victim of mind control, or is hallucinating for some reason.

Does the photo prompt give you a certain mood for your potential story? To some people, the image might be disturbing. Others might see it as funny. Is it a bit ridiculous with the overblown anxiety on the young manís face and the smugness on the older manís face? Maybe the photo suggests a black comedy about office politics or perhaps a science fiction satire in which corporations control our lives. Take a long look at the expressions on these two individualsí faces and let your creativity flow. I purchased this photo with my funds at Dreamstime Stock Photography.
Add Big+Man+Little+Man to Twitter Add Big+Man+Little+Man to Facebook Add Big+Man+Little+Man to MySpace Add Big+Man+Little+Man to Digg Big+Man+Little+Man Add Big+Man+Little+Man to Yahoo My Web Add Big+Man+Little+Man to Google Bookmarks Add Big+Man+Little+Man to Stumbleupon Add Big+Man+Little+Man to Reddit

Picture Writing Prompts
Why Use Picture Writing Prompts?
Writing Prompts
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Fiction Writing Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2018 by Val Kovalin. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Val Kovalin. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Val Kovalin for details.


g features
Beware the Mary Sue Character

Communicating With Your Beta Reader

Know the Unwritten Rules of Your Genre

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Note: BellaOnline uses cookies to help provide a consistent user experience. Our advertisers may use cookies to help customize ads. Please contact us with any question about our cookie use.

Summertime Foods
Corn on the Cob
Burgers on the Grill
Apple Pie


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2018 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor