Pictures & Prompts 217

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.

Image credit: f9photos/

Image credit: f9photos/


You are drafting the text for a postcard to send to a friend who couldn’t join you on your visit to the pictured city. Explain how things haven't gone according to plan.


Write about the most exotic place you’ve ever visited. Do you want to return there? Would you be willing to live there for six or twelve months? If you haven’t traveled much, think of the place you most want to visit. What specifically attracts you to it?


Write about the top five restaurants you’ve visited that are not in your hometown.


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