We haven’t had an Ekphrastic challenge for a while, so here we are, a picture prompt.
What do you see? Can you find something in this picture to write about?
Sometimes, when you know you want to write but you are lacking inspiration, looking at pictures – really looking in deep – can get you going (so to speak).
This picture could remind you of something or someone, in which case try writing a piece to add to your memoir collection.
Or it may make you feel a particular way that you could explore in a poem.
Or it may take you on a flight of fancy that ends in a short story or a piece of flash fiction.
Spend five minutes (time yourself!) just looking at the picture. It doesn’t have to make sense, but it does have to generate some ideas. What’s going on? Why? Where? Who are these people? Jot some words down as you look, just free-write, this is to kick-start something new.
You might want to write in the voice of an on-looker, or the person who took the picture. Or you may write in the voice of one of the people, or their footwear, or the boards they’re treading. Think about the sounds going on. Is there a scent in the air, a taste? Can you feel the thump of all those feet? And is this happening now, in the present tense? Or are you writing about the past? How does the tense affect what you are writing?
It doesn’t matter if you don’t like the picture – it might provoke a negative response in you, so write about that. Just let the picture talk to you.
Off you go, step on it!
This is the 75th new creative writing prompt in a series which began in March 2020 as a Lockdown project to kick-start new writing: drama, short stories, flash fiction, poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, whatever. Originally, I created 42 daily prompts and exercises, with a nod to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Now I post them weekly every Wednesday at 5pm (Dublin time). It all began here.