H*O*T*--Using Picture Prompts to Stimulate and Improve One's Writing
Oddly Enough, This Looks Familiar!
This is the latest installment in my H*O*T* niche series. H*O*T* is an acronym for Hawaiian Odysseus Tutorial and represents a collection of my personal writing experiences, tips, and niches. These hubs are dedicated to the hard-working writers of the HubPages community and to our readers.
Previously, on Hawaiian Odysseus...
- H*O*T*--Scrabble Anagrams, HubPages Style
Scrabble anagrams run hot and cool. They're hot writing prompts to get the creative juices flowing, and they're a cool mixer for HubPages writers bringing their A game to the social connection scene.
- H*O*T*--How I Write
In most cultures, elders have a responsibility to pass along their wisdom to the youth. I'm not so sure I have any wisdom, but I sure do know how to talk to that 5-year-old boy deep down inside of me.
What Comes to Mind When You Look at the Picture Above?
While walking along a trail one day, I came across the above object in an open field. It was such an oddity that I just knew I had to take a picture of it. I remember thinking, at some point, I can make use of this.
A few weeks later, I'm making good on that hunch.
It's more than just a curiosity, this uprooted behemoth that raises more questions than it provides answers.
It's a cognitive stimulant. A penman's laxative. A writer's prompt.
Even the most prolific and creative minds get bound up at times. When that happens, there is absolutely no shame in reaching for and using a cheat sheet. Except, in this case, the crib notes aren't what you stealthily pull out of your pocket...or your sleeve...or your ear.
They're found in albums on your coffee table or on your bookshelves. They sit in frames on top of your piano, entertainment center, hearth, shelves, headboards, and office desks. Their digital cousins reside in the Dropbox at the upper left of your desktop monitor, in the heart of your computer's C Drive, or in the turquoise blue 16 gigabyte flash drive you brandish like the second coming of Steve Jobs.
In short, they're your photos.
And you're using them now to prime the well that's temporarily gone dry.
Because you can't afford NOT to write.
So, to answer the question, I see Tremors...the monster, not the movie. It's had a close encounter of the reptilian kind with the Gorgon, Medusa, and its petrified form lies in the open field as a reminder to never gaze upon a woman with a perm of slithering snakes.
See how easy that was? I'm not being condescending. It really is that easy. You look at a picture and you just let 'er rip--your imagination, that is.
Now, let's get some pictures out and get our creative juices flowing!
Sitting on a Lot of Talent
Ha ha! Hee hee! (Snort!) Hee hee hee hee! Kalau...did you just whiffle?
Well, uh...yeah, I sorta did!
Good one, brah! You startled the lady in the next aisle with that one! Ha ha! You shoulda seen her jump!
Yeah...I been practicing.
It shows. Keep training, Cuz...the Kauai Keikis' Olympics is coming up. I'll be your trainer. For sure you're gonna win!
Yeah, I guess I'm pretty good at it.
Yep, let's see...gonna put you on a strict diet of taro and coconut milk. That'll get the fermentation going!
Sure. I'm game. They give money for the prizes?
Better yet, Kalau, they award the winners with Starbucks Coconut Milk Frappuccino!
Alright, Ryder! Let 'er rip!
No, braddah! That's YOUR forte!
Sawyer's Landing in Oregon
This just in...
Advancing Dungeness tank divisions are threatening the normally placid waters of the Oregon estuary fondly known by locals as Sawyer's Landing.
The bordering country of Red Rock has called up all available draftees as it scrambles to organize a wall of defense along the perimeter of Sawyer's Landing.
Both sovereign nations have limited adult populations at this time of year, so the respective presidents are calling for all available female crabs to take up arms alongside their male comrades.
Red Rock has always practiced a DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL policy, but there is a small but growing uprising of gay crabs in the Dungeness nation in protest of that government's discriminating policies. This factor may be of huge significance if war breaks out and the Dungeness gays join forces with the Red Rockers.
You'll catch the latest update on this breaking story on the 11 o'clock news right here on the Pacific Northwest's innovative television station--KRAB.
Upward Mobility for Cinderella
Apparently, contemporary Fairy Godmother doesn't use pumpkins.
She uses M & M's!
Munching to the Meat of a Different Drumstick
Ryder! Time for bed!
Be right there, Daddy! I'm working on my drumstick!
Hmm...I saw Arnold do this in a movie once. Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!
RYDER! One...two...don't let me get to three...
Shoot! I'll have to hide this buggah in my shoe and work on it after lights are out...good thing I got my Angry Birds night light.
Give me six more months and a couple of molars, and I'll have this bird all torn up!
So There You Have It!
As you can see, the process is quite simple and could very well turn out to be fun and entertaining. The constructive association of images and words is a powerful and dynamic writer's tool. Liken it to a massive logjam at a bend in the river. Nudging just one or two key logs a few inches can suddenly release the entire pileup, thus enabling the current to carry the unimpeded timber downstream.
Similarly, picture prompts can provide you with just the right amount of sensory stimulation and cerebral energy to get those creative juices flowing fast and free once again.
Here's to your massive consonant and vowel movement!