They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s a pretty lofty load of words for one picture don’t you think? But I will say, an image, painting or drawing can certainly stir our thoughts, emotions, and even arouse our physical senses. Perhaps there is some truth in the statement. Let’s explore this idea, shall we? Have you ever had a photo or piece of art inspire your words? Have you ever used and image to spark your creativity while creating, writing a story or poem?
Once as I sat checking out my Facebook feeds a friend shared a picture of her daughter and the family dog, silhouetted in the morning light, on the bed. The image so grabbed me, it inspired me to write a poem based on both my own personal feelings for our dog called “I Am Your Girl“. A serendipitous creative moment.
Once for April Fools on my blog, I used an image of a robbery and as a writing prompt, and made up a story which made it sound like I was present at the robbery. What a response I got! The combination of image and words just were a hit.
Your prompt will be a picture from magazine, or printed from online, or feel free to use the ones in this post. (see below)
Cut the image, glue it in your journal.
Write whatever comes…
Perhaps you’d like to draw today, just pencil sketch something in your immediate eye view. If you are feeling inspired, sketch whatever sparks you. While visiting Maine, I spontaneously sketched the view of the mountains and lake outside our cabin, through the window, from my favorite seat in the Living Room, in my journal. PHEW. Have at it! And don’t worry if you do not consider yourself an “artist”; everyone under the age of 8 understands you don’t need to be an artist to draw! Be 5, 6, 7 again. Drawing is required!
Here are a few images, if you are looking for something to inspire some fiction, or a memory, or something else…whatever! GO!
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