Pictures & Prompts 182

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: Valeriy Lebedev/

Photo credit: Valeriy Lebedev/


Tell the story of a blacksmith who creates a magical item for the hero of your story.


Write about a time when you created something from raw materials. Were you making it for yourself or someone else? How did the finished product compare with your vision?


Find a local blacksmith to interview for a blog post or article. Find out about his or her training and what they love (and don’t) about the work.


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