Every Picture Tells A Story (Prompt 16)

photo credit: Mr. Ducke via photopin cc

photo credit: Mr. Ducke via photopin cc


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!


photo credit: seyed mostafa zamani via photopin cc

photo credit: seyed mostafa zamani via photopin cc

photo credit: ArTeTeTrA via photopin cc

photo credit: ArTeTeTrA via photopin cc

photo credit: Simson_Petrol via photopin cc

photo credit: Simson_Petrol via photopin cc


This post is part of a series:

To find out more or see all posts for The 21 Days of Journaling in June  Click HERE

Also, I will be serving up alternative prompts and thoughts daily on the Facebook page!




7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Morgan
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 09:22:58

    Painted Perfection 🙂

    Blessings for a week filled with Inspiration ~



  2. lynndmorrissey
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 09:29:00

    Hi Dawn,
    I really appreciate your suggestion here and sometimes incorporate pictures into my journal (whether photos, magazine pix, or my own primitive drawings! 🙂 I like to use them as you are here, as well, i journal classes to evoke memories and foster creativity. It’s really interesting what images will conjure up! And I like to say, “If pictures are worth a thousand words, what are a thousand words worth?!” (You may quote me–ha!). Seriously, though, when we merge images and reflective writing, we can go far deeper in our understanding. Here is one of my guest posts at your friend and mine and gifted author and artist, Kel Rohlf’s blog. You will see that I illustrate this poem with a painting by Sargent. The painting was definitely in my mind when I wrote the poem. I hope you like it.



    • enthusiasticallydawn
      Jun 16, 2014 @ 10:16:22

      Hi Lynn! Oh, I just appreciate all your comments here these days, and can’t wait to share you here in the future! Love your quote…that is ponderable! lol. Will go check the poem. Hugs, and Happy Monday!



  3. shortybear
    Jun 16, 2014 @ 12:15:48

    Nice prompt.



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