Pictures & Prompts 151

To whet your appetite and keep your writing fingers limber, take a good look at the photo, or let a prompt settle in your mind. Set a timer for a reasonable amount of time, be that five, fifteen, or thirty minutes. Then start writing.

Photo credit: TTstudio/

Photo credit: TTstudio/


Tell the story of a character who falls through time when she crosses a bridge in Venice. Explore the mechanics of how this might happen. What does she find in the past or future? How can she get back?


Make a list of the places you dream of visiting. Pick one and write out your fantasy plan for the trip.


Write an article to help people who want to travel to foreign countries but have never ventured outside their home state.


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