[Write On Wednesday] Picture Prompt

Sometimes it takes a traditional writing prompt to get us writing…and that’s perfectly OK. When you could write about absolutely anything, that’s too much choice, and can be paralyzing.

So this month at StoryADay I’m focused on providing prompts and info to get you to your writing as quickly as possible. Today, it’s a picture prompt.

close-up of person tying walking boot. Outdoors, scarf, grass.

The Prompt

Write a story inspired by this picture


  • Set a timer to stop yourself ‘faffing about’ (as we say in Scotland) and wasting time. Set a timer for 40-60 minutes and aim to get to the end of the story in that time.
  • Use the StoryADay Short Story Framework to map out what might happen in your story (and yes, you can do it piece by piece: map out the character first, then start writing. If/when you get stuck, go back in and work on the middle section of the framework. When you start to approach the end, pull out the framework again, to make sure your aim is true. Don’t have a copy of the Short Story Framework? Request it here.)
  • You don’t have to be literal, with your use of this picture. Just let it roll around inside your brain for a bit, and see what shakes loose.

I’d love to hear from you. What did you write about, after using this prompt?

If you share you story somewhere (and here’s why you might not want to) post a link here so we can come and read it.

Leave a comment to let us know what you wrote about today, and how it went!

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