Category Archives: Photo Prompts

Photo Prompt #48

Photo Prompt #48 | Paperback LoverSource: “Spring break in South Texas, back in the ’80s and ’90s”, My SA

If you can’t think of a story, then, instead, focus on learning who these characters are. Consider how they know each other? Where are they? 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? Tourists? Time travelers? Where is this place? What time of year is it? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph?

If it helps, here’s an exercise that a professor taught me that is really helpful for character development.
Consider these facts about your character:
– Name & Age
– Where do they live?
– Three (3) personality traits
– Their favorite drink
– Shoes of choice
– One thing they can make with their hands
– The first time they realized they they were bad at something

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.


Photo Prompt #47

Photo Prompt #47 | Paperback LoverSource: Unknown

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Where is this place? Why is this place important? What time of year is it? Who lives here, if anyone does? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph?

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.


Photo Prompt #46

Photo Prompt #46 | Paperback LoverSource: “On the Street…..Just Off Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles”, The Sartorialist

If you can’t think of a story, then, instead, focus on learning who these characters are. Consider how they know each other? Where are they? 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? Tourists? Time travelers? Where is this place? What time of year is it? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph?

If it helps, here’s an exercise that a professor taught me that is really helpful for character development.
Consider these facts about your character:
– Name & Age
– Where do they live?
– Three (3) personality traits
– Their favorite drink
– Shoes of choice
– One thing they can make with their hands
– The first time they realized they they were bad at something

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.


Photo Prompt #45

Photo Prompt #45 | Paperback LoverSource: Rene Aigner

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Where is this place? Why is this place important? What time of year is it? Who lives here, if anyone does? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph?

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.


Photo Prompt #44

Photo Prompt #44 | Paperback LoverSource: “Project L: Part 52 – Midsummer in the city”, Photo Tour.net

If you can’t think of a story, then, instead, focus on learning who this character is. Consider who this person is? 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? Where is this place? What time of year is it? Who lives here, if anyone does? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph?

If it helps, here’s an exercise that a professor taught me that is really helpful for character development.
Consider these facts about your character:
– Name & Age
– Where do they live?
– Three (3) personality traits
– Their favorite drink
– Shoes of choice
– One thing they can make with their hands
– The first time they realized they they were bad at something

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.


Photo Prompt #43

Photo Prompt #43 | Paperback Lover Photo Prompt #43 | Paperback Lover Photo Prompt #43 | Paperback LoverSource: Mount Saint Michel

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Where is this place? Why is this place important? What time of year is it? Who lives here, if anyone does? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph?

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.


Photo Prompt #42

Photo Prompt #42 | Paperback LoverSource: Thalia Bree

For this prompt, focus on learning who this character is rather than coming up with a story straight off. Consider who this person is? 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? Where is this place? What time of year is it? Who lives here, if anyone does? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph?

If it helps, here’s an exercise that a professor taught me that is really helpful for character development.
Consider these facts about your character:
– Name & Age
– Where do they live?
– Three (3) personality traits
– Their favorite drink
– Shoes of choice
– One thing they can make with their hands
– The first time they realized they they were bad at something

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.


Photo Prompt #41

Photo Prompt #41 | Paperback Lover

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Where is this place? Why is this place important? What time of year is it? Who lives here, if anyone does? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph?

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.


Photo Prompt #40

Photo Prompt #40 | Paperback LoverSource: David Shankbone from Wikimedia

If a specific story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see and move forward from there. Where is this school? What time of year is it? Who are these students? Why would someone photograph them? What class are they in? How well do they know each other? What isn’t seen in this photograph? What is their teacher like? How do you imagine these students act? What social group do they belong to? What are they like when they’re alone? What is their home life like? You don’t have to answer all of these questions, or any of them, for that matter, but they can be good jumping off points for when you get stuck.

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.


Photo Prompt #39

Photo Prompt #39 | Paperback LoverSource: Jordan Whitt on Unsplash

Write what comes to mind. If a story doesn’t come to you, start by writing a description of what you see. Where is this place? What time of year is it? Why is this place important? Why would someone photograph it? Who lives here, if anyone does? What is nearby? What isn’t seen in this photograph? 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.