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Photo Prompt #5

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Source: A Moment in Time by michellis 13

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Story Dice Prompt #2

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Story Dice - Prompt #2

This is probably one of the most open prompts on this site. Pick and choose which symbols speak to you, or really challenge yourself and use all of them. Use the symbols literally or figuratively. Let the order of the dice dictate the order of events, or ignore where they fall altogether. It’s entirely up to you. Just have fun and write.

Remember: Even if you feel what you’ve written doesn’t really go anywhere, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Photo Prompt #4

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Source: Untitled by Michellis 13

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Music Prompt #2

Start by listening. You don’t have to listen all the way through, but do give yourself some time to really listen. Close your eyes, if you’re comfortable doing so, put on your headphones, and listen. Allow yourself to really feel the music and immerse yourself in what you’re hearing. Once you’re ready, start writing.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a story, start by writing a list of words the music makes you think of. Is it calming, energetic, creepy? Does it make you think of a specific place, person, or genre? What type of person can you imagine listening to this kind of music?

If you can think of a story, try challenging yourself and allowing the mood of the story to shift as the music does. This collection has a lot of fun shifts in tempo and mood, so have fun with it.

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.

Below is a list of the songs and where they begin and end, just in case one of them really hits you.

0:00 – 2:36 ‘Dawn’ – Pride and Prejudice – Dario Marianelli
2:37 – 5:17 ‘Going to School’ – Memoirs of a Geisha – John Williams
5:18 – 8:20 ‘Kitty’s Theme’ – The Painted Veil – Alexandre Michel Desplat
8:21 – 11:12 ‘Kisses & Cake’ – P.S I Love You – John Powell
11:13 – 13:16 ‘A Life So Changed’ – Titanic – James Horner
13:17 – 15:40 ‘Silver Leaves’ – Treasure Planet – James Newton Howard
15:41 – 17:30 ‘Arrivals no.2’ – Like Crazy – Dustin O’Halloran
17:31 – 19:24 ‘Romantic Flight’ – How to Train Your Dragon – John Powell
19:25 – 20:39 ‘Finale’ – Anastasia – David Newman
20:40 – 21:35 ‘Little Birthday Girl’ – Brave – Patrick Doyle
21:36 – 23:04 ‘A Gift of a Thistle’ – Braveheart – James Horner
23:05 – 25:17 ‘The Cave’ – The Hunger Games – James Newton Howard
25:18 – 30:37 ‘Fairy Dance’ – Peter Pan – James Newton Howard
30:38 – 34:11 ‘Atonement’ – Atonement – Dario Marianelli
34:12 – 36:25 ‘Harry & Hermione’ – Harry Potter 6 – Nicholas Hooper
36:26 – 38:48 ‘Campfire’ – Tangled – Alan Menken
38:49 – 40:11 ‘Mayan Bowl Breaks’ – Chocolat – Rachel Portman
40:12- 42:35 ‘River Waltz’ – The Painted Veil – Lang Lang


Photo Prompt #3

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Source: Sunrise Dreams by michellis 13

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Story Dice Prompt #1

Story Dice - Prompt #1 | Paperback Lover

Story Dice - Prompt #1 | Paperback Lover

This is probably one of the most open prompts on this site. Pick and choose which symbols speak to you, or really challenge yourself and use all of them. Use the symbols literally or figuratively. Let the order of the dice dictate the order of events, or ignore where they fall altogether. It’s entirely up to you. Just have fun and write.

Remember: Even if you feel what you’ve written doesn’t really go anywhere, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Photo Prompt #2

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Source: Kiaanna by michellis13

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.


Music Prompt #1


Amelie – Full Soundtrack

Start by listening. You don’t have to listen all the way through, but do give yourself some time to really listen (this particular video is an hour long, so you have plenty of time). Close your eyes, if you’re comfortable doing so, put on your headphones, and listen. Allow yourself to really feel the music and immerse yourself in what you’re hearing. Once you’re ready, start writing.

If you’re having trouble coming up with a story, start by writing a list of words the music makes you think of. Is it calming, energetic, creepy? Does it make you think of a specific place, person, or genre? What type of person can you imagine listening to this kind of music?

If you can think of a story, try challenging yourself and allowing the mood of the story to shift as the music does. This soundtrack has a lot of fun shifts in tempo and mood, so have fun with it.

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.

Below is a list of the songs and where they begin and end, just in case one of them really hits you.

0:00 – 1:29 J’y suis jamais allé
1:34 – 4:33 Les jours tristes
4:37 – 6:49 La valse d’Amélie(version originale)
6:54 – 9:06 Comptine d’un autre été – L’après midi
9:14 – 11:12 La noyée
11:17 – 12:45 L’autre valse d’Amélie
12:52 – 16:02 Guilty (Al Bowly)
16:04 – 19:31 A quai
19:37 – 24:00 Le moulin
24:05 – 25:53 Pas si simple
25:55 – 27:51 La valse d’Amélie (Version Orchestre)
27:57 – 30:13 La valse des vieux os
30:18 – 34:28 La dispute
34:34 – 37:58 Si tu n’étais pas là (Fréhel)
38:06 – 40:54 Soir de fête
40:58 – 42:06 La redécouverte
42:11 – 46:29 Sur le fil
46:40 – 48:00 Le banquet
48:06 – 50:37 La valse d’Amélie (version piano)
50:45 – 54:20 La valse des monstres
54:26 – 56:05 L’autre valse d’Amélie (Quatuor pour cordes et piano)
56:08 – 57:55 Les deux pianos
58:05 – Fin La maison.


Photo Prompt #1

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Source: Ariel 2 – female stock by Dea-Vesta

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Who is this person? Where are they going? What are they doing? How do you imagine they walk? Talk? Do they have a speech impediment? An accent? Where are they from? Are they local? A tourist? A time traveler?

Remember: Even if all you come up with for now is a description, keep it and come back to it later. If your muse is like mine then it most likely enjoys giving you puzzle pieces that need to be fit together over time rather than the whole story all at once. You never know what will connect your pieces together, so don’t trash something just because it doesn’t seem to go anywhere right away.