A Year's Worthof Picture WRiting Prompts copyThe instructions for these 52 picture writing prompts are simple: write a story combining some element of all three pictures. It can be crazy or funny or wild, but you have to incorporate some element of all three images.

There’s a scientific reason for why three pictures work better than a single image: because creativity comes from firing up neurons that don’t normally crash into each other. For many of these images, the three pictures don’t seem to combine or complement each other in familiar ways. 

That’s the point.

If you stare hard enough, your creativity will find a way to connect these dissimilar dots, and the resulting story will be unlike anything you’ve ever written before. You will have found your way into new material.

Of course, if you want to make it easier, you can simply choose two out of the three images and try to make a story out of those elements.

Remember to treat these images as suggestions and not as commandments. If a bunch of kids are having a pinewood derby competition, you could put a young boy in your story, or a toy car, or a competition. Any of these elements would satisfy the requirements of the picture. Or if there is a truck full of pumpkins, you could set your story during the autumn, or make it a tale of Halloween.

Teachers: if you have young students, I would recommend that you look through these and choose ones that you think are appropriate for your age group. I think everything here is appropriate for high schoolers, but if you’re looking for fourth, fifth, or sixth grades (or junior high) you might want to be selective about the ones that you show them. 

Bookfox Trivia: About 20 of these pictures are my own, taken on my travels throughout South and Central America. The rest have been hunted down on various copyright-free photo sites.

Good luck with these picture writing prompts. I hope they inspire you a great deal.

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