The Write Spark #12: What story can you tell?

Today is the day and now is the time to challenge your writing. I often hear of writers who complain of being stuck or not knowing how to start writing. Well, here’s a challenge for you to get those words moving across the page. Let’s see what sparks for you. Who knows, you may very well have the opening lines to your next story or that scene you can’t seem to get going.

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Looking at the picture above, what do you see? In the comments, write a brief paragraph, a few sentences, or just freestyle your thoughts. Write what this picture says to you. How does it make you feel? What thoughts does it evoke? You can write from your character’s state of mind. It could be a scene. Don’t restrict yourself. Just write what comes to mind. Remember, life is full of illusions; what you see is not often reality.

Challenge yourself, but most of all, have fun!

  1. Regretfully, she walked away from the family gathering on the hill above her. As she walked, she questioned why she had ever dared to come. She had been the ‘extra’, the ‘unwanted’, the ‘illegitimate’ to them her whole life. Today, that would change. As she walked away, a determination smacked against the path and a new life awaited in the taxi that would rescue her.

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  2. She’s walking a path. There appears to be a vehicle(s) in the direction she is coming from, and in the direction she’s headed in as well. Did she park her vehicle and walk up the hill? What’s beyond the trees? It looks as though there’s another life on the other side. I wonder…

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  3. He watches her in the broad daylight. He has no shame. It’s been weeks since the sight of her has caught him captive. Admonished at work for returning late from lunch as time lapses when she’s around. He hopes, wishes, longs for her to stop and notice him. She never does. Conversations on her cell phone keep her occupied as her presence does him. Maybe he’ll get out of the car, accidentally bump into her. No, that would turn her off. Maybe he’ll buy her a cup of coffee in the shop she’s on her way to. She passes the car without looking his way. He waits a second, waits for her to cross the street. His hand touches the door handle. His foot hits the concrete…

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