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Fun for Friday: Three Summery Images!

| July 23, 2021

For this week’s Fun for Friday, I’ve got a handful of summer photographs, all of which have a bit of a vintage look to them. The first image is a field of very small lavender flowers that appear to be on an uphill slope. Above, the sky is blue with puffy white clouds. The second […]

Fun for Friday: Three Mismatched Images

| July 9, 2021

This week’s Fun for Friday is a collection of three images that really don’t go together. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to write something that includes something from the three images. Feel free to interpret them as you see fit! The first image is a closeup of a dragonfly in flight, […]

Fun for Friday: Three Beautiful Images

| June 11, 2021

It’s time for some beautiful images to inspire your writing. The first photo is of a pagoda building in a lush green setting, with mist and a narrow waterfall in the background. The second photo is a silhouetted person at twilight (or sunrise) reaching upward for a very slender crescent moon. The third photo is […]

Fun for Friday: Visual Writing Prompts with Extras

| May 21, 2021

Sometimes you see a great image prompt, but it gives you almost too many potential ideas. That’s why something like this page of visual writing prompts with brief suggestions of what’s going on and some questions your story might answer can be helpful. This particular batch is meant for classroom use, but that doesn’t mean […]

Fun for Friday: A Handful of Odd Images

| May 14, 2021

It’s time for some more image prompts for this week’s Fun for Friday! The first image is three large clusters of a succulent plant with broad and thick leaves that end in purple points, growing from a pale tan rock formation. The second image is larger than life sculpture of a snail in a field […]

Fun for Friday: Sunrises on Other Planets

| May 7, 2021

If you’ve ever wondered what a sunrise might look like from Mars, or even farther away from the Sun, artist Ron Miller has created depictions of what sunrise looks like on different planets. The images include views from both planets and moons, particularly for planets with no appreciable surface from which the Sun could be […]

Fun for Friday: Unreal Images

| April 23, 2021

This week, we’ve got some slightly surreal images involving roads for writing inspiration. The first image is a photograph taken through a pair of glasses. Where the glasses are present, the photo has some color, with blue sky and green grass on either side of a fairly worn roadway. Outside of the glasses, the sky […]

Fun for Friday: Photos of the Distance

| April 9, 2021

This week’s three images are all taken from an interesting perspective that’s more about what’s in the distance. With each of these questions, you can ask what’s in the distance, what the perspective is moving toward, or whether that perspective is just looking back at what it’s left. The first image is a pair of […]

Fun For Friday: Poisonous Prompts?

| March 12, 2021

It’s time for more image prompts, and this week, I started with a theme of “poison room”. But I’d say that the results diverged a bit from that. The first image is a small, capped, brown medicine bottle marked with a skull and crossbones, on a pale orange patterned surface and in front of a […]

Fun for Friday: Images of the Coming Spring

| February 12, 2021

Today, we’ve got some images around a theme of spring, though in a variety of different ways to make them inspire writing that doesn’t necessarily have to do with the change of seasons. The first image is of a castle in Prague, though the castle is in the background and intentionally blurred, to focus on […]