The 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.
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.
These are great, thanks. I’m doing a blog post about visual things and writing soon, so I’ll link back to here.
I love these – thank you!
Do you have any examples of writing that students did based on the prompts? My students and I are interested in finding out what ideas others have come up with.
I don’t need friends. I have my cats.
Picking 2 out of 3! Sorry, but boo! But, so I’m not a hater, I love the idea. As a young writer myself, it was things like this (and lots of pushing from my Fourth and Fifth grade teachers) that helped me publish a book created by us each elementary year at my old school.
By the way, my old school, it was Leonardo da Vinci’s School for Gifted Learners. I was and always will be the best school I have ever been to.
These are so helpful! I’m trying to make a writers block emergency kit, and these will definitely help! Thank you!
These are excellent for COVID essential learning packages. Thanks as they are very helpful
Inappropriate for kids
Correct, this is for adults. I’m assuming you’re worried about #18, with the hand full of pills.