Visual Writing Prompts: What do they really think?

It is hard to write and stay focused when there is so much noise around us. News of war, fights, and disasters are pretty overwhelming, taking our attention away from our writing activities. Sometimes, we just don’t know what to write, or we are experiencing a slowdown in our writing process.

Many of us are constantly improving our craft, and the only way to improve our writing is to write regularly. If we don’t know what to write, or if it feels like we are stuck in the writing process, good writing prompts can unlock some new ideas and stimulate all kinds of writing.

Have you tried visual writing prompts? I personally like looking at drawings or pictures to stir my imagination. So, if you love animals, let’s start with them. Do you have any idea what goes inside their heads?

The Bookworm

“So, where are the worms? I’ve already checked all the pages.”

Write something funny about this picture.

Small but Smart

“Are we there yet? If my day gets worse than this, I’m going home.”

This guinea pig is getting bored. Continue this story.

Speed Reading

“So, how much faster do you want me to read? I don’t even know what I’m reading.”

Continue this dialogue.

Hide and Seek

‘Hello. Where’s everybody? Are we still playing?”

Continue this story. What happened?

Follow the Leader

“This is a classic example of a blind spot.”

Explain what is going on in this picture.

Have fun writing. Till next time.


Artwork and Photograph by: Nathan May

Prompts and Cues: First Kiss

Do you remember your first kiss? How did your first kiss go?

Our life is filled with so many “first” – first job, a first pay cheque, first boyfriend, and the first kiss, which is only one part of our journey.

The first time you kissed someone, or someone kissed you, it becomes one of the most memorable moments of your life.

Kissing is a romantic gesture and an expression of affection. You could probably still remember who you were with, where you were, and who initiated the kiss.

Whether the kiss lasted a second or two, it would stay in your memory as the best and most passionate kiss you ever had.

Perhaps, even up to this time you still remember every detail of that kiss you had, whether it was adorable, an okay one, or awkwardly hilarious.

So, let’s find out.

My first kiss went a little like this . . .

Finish this story.

This is your Writing Prompt Number 2.

Writing practice helps us get better in writing.

Using writing prompts will help us improve our creative writing process.

You’ll never know, once you filled up your treasure chest of all the things you wrote in response to these writing prompts, you may end up with a brand-new story, or it could give you some fresh ideas for another project you are already working on.

Now, let me share with you mine.

Here’s an excerpt from the romance novel I am currently working on.

Well, I used a few imaginations I picked from here and there and from…you know what.

A gentle wind blew her hair and face, sending a chilling sensation to her whole body. The cold breeze that was creeping through her skin gave her a sudden rush of desire for his touch-those warm and strong hands touching her and loving her. She waited with anticipation to kiss him and feel the warmth of his breath on her lips, but she could only dream about it.

He touched her cheek with the back of his fingers, and her pulse throbbed rapidly. She closed her eyes, but the warmth of his eyes was overflowing with desire and passion. She looked into his eyes, and she fell into a trap. She could not breathe, but she could not let go of him. Like a captive prisoner, she pushed him away, but he pulled her back even closer. He lifted her chin and bent down to kiss her forehead. His kisses were like rose petals softly brushing her eyes, her nose, and her cheek. She could no longer take it. Her body became limp surrendering to his powerful arms, but only his strong hands on her waist were keeping her aground while she held onto him, and the warmth of his breath on her face captured her lips in a long deep kiss that lasted for an eternity.

There you go. Now it’s your turn. I couldn’t imagine what your story is like. Feel free to share it here.

Till next time. Enjoy all your “first”.



Sharpen Your Tools

“Hey, do you want to marry me?”

          I almost peed on my pants when I heard that question. It was not something I’ve been waiting to hear, but it was unexpected and decidedly unromantic. Believe me! All I did was share a bag of popcorn with him at the cinema, and now I have to marry this guy?

          “Why?” I asked.

          “Ha! Ha! You’re so funny. Come on, let’s get married. Don’t you want to marry me?”

Okay, let’s stop it there for a moment.

      Do you want to know my answer?

Or, you can FINISH MY STORY …

This is your writing prompt.

It is hard to start writing when you are staring at that white screen on your computer, and nothing is coming out of your head.

Writing prompts are guides to help you jumpstart your writing.

It can help you stimulate your creativity and help you spark new ideas for your work. It enables you to generate a new topic to write about.

Writing prompts may be a simple sentence or a question, or a topic you could elaborate further. It can also be a scenario or a picture you can write about.

Let me give you an example. I used a television commercial for a brand of coffee when I was writing a scene on a marriage proposal. This is the romance novel that I am currently working on. 

So here it is, take a look at it.


          On some occasions, Jonie would spend the weekend with Philip at his apartment. She particularly loves the breathtaking view of the waterfront from Philip’s bedroom window. She daydreams about the freshness of the seashells and the water from the marina. Her daydreaming was interrupted for a few moments when Philip poured steaming water in her cup.

        “Sugar?” he asked. Jonie nodded without saying a word, and then quickly reached for the bowl of sugar that Philip placed on the table. While still looking out at the window and watching the waves, she scooped one teaspoon into her cup, followed by a second one when an object with a loud metallic sound fell in her cup. It caught her  attention, and she quickly stirred the cup and scooped the object out.

                   “Oh, Philip,” her eyes bulged out with surprise.

          Philip took the object from the teaspoon. He went down on his knees and carefully placed it on her left ring finger.

            “Jonie, there are not enough words to describe how much love I  have for you, and I couldn’t think of the best way to do this except to ask you to marry me. Would you marry me, Miss Jonie Riviera?”

So, here you go. The above scenario was an imagined event that was generated from something so simple as a television commercial.

Writing prompts are straightforward to use, and they come very useful when you are searching for something to write.

In any field of expertise like artists, performers, or even authors like us, need to hone our craft to get better at what we are doing.

The only way to improve our writing is to continually write and have the willingness to learn to grow as better authors.

Let start filling in our treasure chest with bits of prompts like photos, a sentence, a question, a word, a scenario we saw on the TV, and anything we come across. All these are little gems that will come handy one day.

Who knows, you might finish a whole new story only using your responses to these prompts you kept in your treasure chest.

Perfection requires practice. Our imaginations are our tools to make writing more natural and less complicated. Sharpening our imaginations by regularly writing will make us better writers.

Now, think about the time when that special someone in your life proposed to you and asked for your hand in marriage. What about you guys, planning that important event in your life and dreaming of a perfect time and place to ask that lovely lady for her hand in marriage.

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It is a good place to start. You’ll never know. Once you start writing you may end up finishing a whole story.

Good luck.

Dream big and make it happen.