A Thousand Words

The saying is that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Have you tried?

Granted, some things are hard to describe accurately, in which case even a thousand words won’t have the impact of a single image.  But many images make for great stories.  (This goes with the “I wonder” concept from last week!)

Look at a picture that you didn’t take, preferably one with a “character” like a person or an animal.  This works best if the image is out of context, so you don’t know any background on it.  Now make up a story to fit the picture.  What’s going on?  What happened just before?  What might take place next?

It’s a fun imagination exercise.  You can even turn it into writing practice pretty easily – just write the story that goes with the picture!   I’ll bet it won’t take 1000 words to capture the idea of the photo.

If you want to try this but need a picture, comment!  I’d be happy to post a random photo (from the thousands that I have) for you to use as a starting point.  It might be fun to see what kinds of stories you come up with for one of my photos.  🙂


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. deshipley
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 22:42:41

    Y’know, I feel I could use a random short story prompt challenge. If you’re willing, I’d love it if you’d lay a photo on me. (:


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