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Picture Writing Prompts

Visual writing prompts are better than text writing prompts at eliciting a strong emotional response. An image can often bypass your analytical mind and grab your imagination.

Bald Guy Writing Prompt star
Here is an unusual picture writing prompt that has an air of mystery about it. The man has his back to us and not much can be inferred from his appearance. He is almost claustrophobically hemmed in by his surroundings, which seem to be mere texture in the background.

Big Man Little Man star
This photo writing prompt might pique your creativity. The somewhat surrealistic photograph could inspire fiction from many different genres, especially horror or science-fiction.

Boy with Bubbles Writing Prompt star
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? What mood does the photograph convey to you?

House of Sleds Writing Prompt star
It isn't just people photos that can suggest a story. Often a landscape can suggest a mood or tug at a writer's childhood memories. Look at this house of sleds and see what you think.

Man Lost in Thought Photo Prompt star
Here is another photo writing prompt for you, which illustrates the power of an ambiguous expression. What is this young man thinking? What emotion is he feeling? You could interpret his story a million different ways to fit several different genres.

Man with Phone Writing Prompt star
The man in this photo writing prompt looks a bit like a fish out of water. He should spark some creative ideas as to how he, dressed as he is, got to where he is. Talk about a mismatch between snappy attire and bucolic surroundings!

Red Ball in Window Writing Prompt star
Here is another example of how a landscape photo can be just as effective as a people photo in suggesting a story. Feast your eyes on this bizarre image. What is going on in that upper window? What will happen to the people in the apartment below? You be the judge.

Unsmiling Young Man Photo Writing Prompt star
This photo writing prompt features a young man with an unsmiling gaze who should pique your imagination. What kind of person is he? What thoughts are running through his mind? From what action has the photographer just distracted him?

What Are These Opposite Types Doing Together? star
This picture writing prompt might just make your imagination run riot attempting to explain who are these very different two men and how are they interacting together.

What Does This Couple Want? star
Here is a picture writing prompt for you. What is this cute young couple up to? Clearly they are sharing a moment of intense communication over some issue or question.

What is With All the Pillows? star
What on earth is going on in this photo writing prompt? Where are these people? What’s with all the pillows?

Who is the Man With the Intense Eyes? star
Does the man in this photograph have intense eyes or what? What kind of character do you think of when you see him? Do you find an entire backstory for him unfolding in your mind based on what he looks like?

Why Are These Women Arguing? star
What do you see in this photo? Two women, right? One younger and one older. But obviously they are feeling some strong negative emotions.

Why Use Picture Writing Prompts? star
Picture writing prompts are better than text writing prompts at bypassing your analytical mind with an image and eliciting a strong emotional response that makes you want to write.

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