Monday, 21 March 2011

The Picture + Words Prompt

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration. Below is a writing prompt or story starter. Use it in whatever way works best for you—develop a story, character or a scene. And so let me know if you come across anything particularly interesting.

Click here and use the first picture on this page.


And/or pick 3 numbers:


Find the three numbers in the list below and use them to make a story with the picture.


  1. Ability
  2. Adult
  3. Air
  4. Air-force
  5. Airplane
  6. Airport
  7. Album
  8. Alphabet
  9. Altruism
  10. Apple
  11. Arena
  12. Arm
  13. Army
  14. Arrow
  15. Arson
  16. Artillery
  17. Artist
  18. Ashamed
  19. Authentic
  20. Awakening
  21. Baby
  22. Backpack
  23. Balloon
  24. Banana
  25. Bank
  26. Barbecue
  27. Base
  28. Bathroom
  29. Bathtub
  30. Battery
  31. Bay
  32. Beach
  33. Beat
  34. Bed
  35. Bee
  36. Beg
  37. Bible
  38. Bikini
  39. Bin
  40. Birch
  41. Bird
  42. Birth
  43. Black
  44. Blanket
  45. Body
  46. Bomb
  47. Bomber
  48. Bone
  49. Book
  50. Boot
  51. Boredom
  52. Borrow
  53. Boss
  54. Bottle
  55. Bowl
  56. Box
  57. Boy
  58. Bra
  59. Brain
  60. Brave
  61. Bread
  62. Break
  63. Breath
  64. Brick
  65. Bridge
  66. Bright
  67. Brush
  68. Brutal
  69. Bubble
  70. Bulky
  71. Butterfly
  72. Button
  73. Camp
  74. Candy
  75. Cappuccino
  76. Capture
  77. Car
  78. Careless
  79. Carpet
  80. Car-race
  81. Carrot
  82. Case
  83. Cave
  84. Cereal
  85. Chair
  86. Change
  87. Chaos
  88. Chase
  89. Cheat
  90. Chess Board
  91. Chest
  92. Chief
  93. Child
  94. Chill
  95. Chisel
  96. Chocolates
  97. Church
  98. Circle
  99. Circus
  100. Clash
  101. Cliché
  102. Clip
  103. Clock
  104. Closet
  105. Cloudy
  106. Clown
  107. Coal
  108. Coffee
  109. Coffee-shop
  110. Comet
  111. Compact Disc
  112. Compass
  113. Compel
  114. Competition
  115. Computer
  116. Contact
  117. Contemplate
  118. Costume
  119. Crib
  120. Cross-stitch
  121. Crystal
  122. Cup
  123. Curtain
  124. Cycle
  125. Dare
  126. Data Base
  127. Decide
  128. Delusional
  129. Dependent
  130. Desk
  131. Devoted
  132. Dialect
  133. Diamond
  134. Die
  135. Direction
  136. Disagree
  137. Disconnected
  138. Disease
  139. Dog
  140. Domestic
  141. Door
  142. Drawback
  143. Drawer
  144. Dress
  145. Dressing gown
  146. Dress-shirt
  147. Drill
  148. Drink
  149. Drive
  150. Drowning
  151. Drum
  152. Dung
  153. Duplicate
  154. Eager
  155. Ear
  156. Ears
  157. Earth
  158. East
  159. Egg
  160. Electricity
  161. Elephant
  162. Endless
  163. Engagement
  164. Entitled
  165. Epic
  166. Eraser
  167. Exaggerate
  168. Expect
  169. Explosive
  170. Eyes
  171. Fail
  172. Fair
  173. Fall
  174. Family
  175. Fan
  176. Farm
  177. Fearful
  178. Fearless
  179. Feather
  180. Ferrari
  181. Festival
  182. Fiber
  183. Field
  184. Film
  185. Filth
  186. Fingers
  187. Fire
  188. Fisherman
  189. Fleece
  190. Floodlight
  191. Flower
  192. Foghorn
  193. Fondue
  194. Fool
  195. Foot
  196. Forget
  197. Fork
  198. Found
  199. Freeway
  200. Frigid
  201. Fringe
  202. Fruit
  203. Fungus
  204. Game
  205. Garden
  206. Gas
  207. Gate
  208. Gemstone
  209. Giant
  210. Girl
  211. Glass
  212. Gloves
  213. God
  214. Graduate
  215. Grapes
  216. Grass
  217. Grave
  218. Gravel
  219. Grill
  220. Groan
  221. Guest
  222. Guitar
  223. Gum
  224. Hammer
  225. Hand
  226. Hard-earned
  227. Harness
  228. Hassle
  229. Hat
  230. Hawk
  231. Hazard
  232. Health
  233. Heartburn
  234. Hide
  235. Hieroglyph
  236. High-minded
  237. Highway
  238. Hockey
  239. Hood
  240. Horoscope
  241. Horse
  242. Hose
  243. Hotdog
  244. Hubcap
  245. Hunger
  246. Hunt
  247. Hurt
  248. Ice
  249. Ice-cream
  250. Innocent
  251. Insect
  252. Integrity
  253. Intent
  254. Intrude
  255. Irritant
  256. Jellybeans
  257. Jet fighter
  258. Juice
  259. Junk
  260. Kaleidoscope
  261. King
  262. Kitchen
  263. Knife
  264. Lasagna
  265. Leather jacket
  266. Leg
  267. Lemon
  268. Lemsip
  269. Library
  270. Lie
  271. Liquid
  272. Listen
  273. Litter
  274. Lizard
  275. Locker
  276. Locket
  277. Lost
  278. Love
  279. Loyal
  280. Magnet
  281. Makeup
  282. Man
  283. Map
  284. Maple syrup
  285. March
  286. Mask
  287. Math
  288. Maze
  289. Meat
  290. Medical
  291. Melt
  292. Meteor
  293. Microscope
  294. Mile
  295. Milk
  296. Milkshake
  297. Mist
  298. Mold
  299. Money
  300. Monster
  301. Month
  302. Mosquito
  303. Mouth
  304. Muddle
  305. Murky
  306. Museum
  307. Mushroom
  308. Mutate
  309. Nail
  310. Navy
  311. Necklace
  312. Needle
  313. Negotiate
  314. Nerves
  315. Nest
  316. Notebook
  317. Nuclear
  318. Numb
  319. Ocean
  320. On-board
  321. Onion
  322. Onion
  323. Opera
  324. Opinion
  325. Orchard
  326. Order
  327. Outside
  328. Overwhelm
  329. Paintbrush
  330. Painting
  331. Pair
  332. Pants
  333. Paper
  334. Parachute
  335. Park
  336. Pass
  337. Passport
  338. Pastime
  339. Peanuts
  340. Pebble
  341. Pendulum
  342. Penguin
  343. Penny
  344. Pepper
  345. Perfume
  346. Pheasant
  347. Pillow
  348. Pills
  349. Pimple
  350. Pity
  351. Plane
  352. Planet
  353. Please
  354. Pocket
  355. Police
  356. Popcorn
  357. Pork-chop
  358. Post-office
  359. Potato
  360. Power
  361. President
  362. Printer
  363. Prison
  364. Putty
  365. Pyramid
  366. Quick
  367. Quiet
  368. Radar
  369. Railway
  370. Rainbow
  371. Raincoat
  372. Reading-glasses
  373. Rebel
  374. Record
  375. Recover
  376. Report
  377. Reputation
  378. Reserve
  379. Restaurant
  380. Rich
  381. Rifle
  382. Ring
  383. Robot
  384. Rock
  385. Rocket
  386. Roof
  387. Room
  388. Rope
  389. Rug
  390. Rural
  391. Sabotage
  392. Saddle
  393. Salt
  394. Sand
  395. Sandpaper
  396. Sandwich
  397. Satellite
  398. Save
  399. School
  400. Seeing-eye dog
  401. Sermon
  402. Shade
  403. Ship
  404. Shoes
  405. Shop
  406. Shower
  407. Signature
  408. Singer
  409. Skeleton
  410. Slave
  411. Slope
  412. Snail
  413. Soap
  414. Software
  415. Solid
  416. Sound
  417. Sour cream
  418. Space shuttle
  419. Spectrum
  420. Sphere
  421. Spice
  422. Spiral
  423. Sponge
  424. Spoon
  425. Sports-car
  426. Spotlight
  427. Square
  428. Staircase
  429. Stakes
  430. Star
  431. Stare
  432. Steadfast
  433. Steal
  434. Steeple
  435. Stitch
  436. Stomach
  437. Story
  438. Street
  439. Student
  440. Sun
  441. Sunglasses
  442. Sunset
  443. Sunshine
  444. Surveyor
  445. Sweatshirt
  446. Sweep
  447. Swimming Pool
  448. Sword
  449. Table
  450. Tapestry
  451. Target
  452. Taxi
  453. Teen
  454. Teeth
  455. Telescope
  456. Television
  457. Tennis racquet
  458. Thermometer
  459. Thunder
  460. Tiger
  461. Title
  462. Toilet
  463. Tongue
  464. Torch
  465. Torpedo
  466. Town
  467. Train
  468. Treadmill
  469. Trial
  470. Triangle
  471. Trick
  472. Truck
  473. Trunk
  474. Tunnel
  475. Turn
  476. Typewriter
  477. Umbrella
  478. Underwear
  479. Urban
  480. Vacuum
  481. Vampire
  482. Victor
  483. Videotape
  484. Vulture
  485. Walnut
  486. War
  487. Waste
  488. Watch
  489. Water
  490. Weapon
  491. Web
  492. Wheelbarrow
  493. Wheelchair
  494. Window
  495. Wing
  496. Woman
  497. Woods
  498. Worm
  499. X-ray
  500. Yarn

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