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Use Picture Prompts To Improve Your Writing Skills

Updated on January 10, 2014

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Unless, of course, you have writer’s block and then forget about it!

We writers are creators. We are artists of the written word. We use our imaginations and we construct stories from seemingly meaningless objects and events. We can see five-hundred words in the simple act of a woman crossing the street, and we can give birth to a story while thinking back to a game of tag during our childhoods. This is what we do. This is who we are.

But even the best among us have days when the creativity is not flowing. There are days, and you all know what I’m talking about, when we have lost the “create” and all we are left with is “ivity.” Those are the days when some prompts come in handy, and today is the day when I’m going to give you a few prompts and hopefully jar loose that idea that has been stuck in the netherworld of your brain.

Are you ready and willing to give it a go?

This is a simple exercise. In each subheading below you will find a picture prompt to the right. Then I am going to ask you to use a specific sense to describe that picture prompt. In other words, the first picture will be your prompt to write something concerning sight. The second picture will be touch, the third smell and so on.

Never fear, I won’t leave you during this exercise. In each section I will help you with the prompt and give an example or two of what I expect from you. Fair enough? Well then let’s begin.

Does she love nature or what? Do you see her enthusiasm?
Does she love nature or what? Do you see her enthusiasm? | Source

See Me

This first picture is one of my personal favorites. The beautiful woman in the shot is my wife Bev, and it was taken during one of our hikes to Pinnacle Saddle in the Tatoosh Range just west of Mt. Rainier in Washington State. She is looking southwest and in the distance you can see Mt. Adams in the Cascade Mountain Range.

What do you see? Of course you see the mountain in the distance, and the clouds and blue sky, but look more closely. Do see the different shades of gray? Do you see what season it is? Do you see what I see, a woman in love with nature and with life, a woman in the prime of her life and loving every minute of that life?

Yes indeed, she is wild and free
Yes indeed, she is wild and free | Source

Touch Me

Yes, this prompt is of Bev again, doing her snow angel thing with snowshoes on. You can take the woman out of childhood but you can never take the childhood out of the woman.

What does this picture feel like to you? Do you feel the cold of the snow? Do you feel the crisp air on your face and the coldness in your lungs as you breathe deep?

Better yet, do you remember what it felt like the last time you made a snow angel? Do you remember what childhood felt like for you? Do you remember what it felt like to be so young and carefree, before the realities of adulthood began to weigh you down?

Of course I had to include this video

Do you smell the earth?
Do you smell the earth? | Source

Smell Me

I was going to give you a picture of dog poop as a prompt but decided to spare you that experience. Instead we have a picture of our vegetable garden before planting in late March. What do you smell when you look at this picture?

I can smell the fresh soil and the lingering scent of the compost that had been added. I can smell the neighborhood awakening after a long winter. I can smell the first flowers of the spring and I can smell the springs of my childhood on my grandfather’s farm, again the scent of the soil but also the farm animals as they bask in the sunshine and rub up against me for attention, and the smell of my grandfather, a mixture of sweat, tobacco and Old Spice.

Watch it....Katie is a doll

I love to eat
I love to eat | Source

Taste Me

My apologies if that subheading seems a bit erotic. It wasn’t meant to be but hey, I have a creative mind and I’m assuming some of you thought the same thing I did when I wrote “taste me.”

We have here a picture of a street fair we have in our neighborhood every September. When I think of street fairs I think of fair food, so I look at this picture and I can taste the hot dogs, corn dogs, cotton candy and elephant ears. I can taste the nachos and cheese, the cheeseburgers, the lemonade and of course the hot pretzels, just like the fair food of my youth, a taste sensation that never grows old or stale.

And of course, when it is all over and we have returned home, I can taste the sweet kiss from Bev as we say goodnight after a deliciously fun day with neighbors and friends.

Can you hear nature?
Can you hear nature? | Source

Hear Me

You might think this is a strange picture prompt for hearing, but if that’s the case you aren’t listening close enough. This shot was taken looking east across Yellowstone Lake. Serene, yes? Beautiful, yes? But what do you hear?

Well I was there so I can tell you I heard the birds singing their eternal song. I could hear the waves gently caressing the shoreline. When I listened more closely I could hear the rainbow trout breaking the surface in search of mayflies, and I could hear the splash of otters as they played in the shallows.

The hawks were high overhead screeching their warning, and the bison not far away snorting as they bathed in a muddy pool, and thankfully this was early morning or I would have heard about a thousand other camera shutters as tourists snapped the same picture. Oh, and I can hear my stomach growling as I think of lunch at the lodge.

A Few Final Thoughts

I have mentioned before that to ignore our sensory perception is to ignore a great gift we share with our readers. We all have our senses and sense-memory in common. As writers we need to remember that. When writing a scene remember that you are the five senses of your readers. You see the scene, you smell it, you taste it, feel it and hear it, and it is your job as a writer to make that scene come alive for those who will read about it later when your book or story is completed.

Using picture prompts like these help us to concentrate on those five senses. I am willing to bet that for each of the five pictures above you had a memory of your own from your earlier life. If you had such memories then it is not too great a leap of faith to assume that all readers have them.

You are an artist of the written word. Use your imagination to create scenes so vibrant that your readers will swear they are actually standing in those scenes. If you can achieve that then you will have most definitely arrived as a writer.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great example, Deb...great example. Thanks for that; I might use it. :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The senses are so important. How could you explain pictures to a blind person? Many times I will do that, just for the sake of the description. Things will come 'alive' so much more.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Christy, great idea. Thanks for sharing that. That's what I love about hubs like this one; I get as much from the comments as hopefully you folks get from the hub. :)

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      Christy Kirwan 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Bill, this is a really great idea! I bet it would be particularly fun to do this with old family photos-- imagining what your great-grandmother was thinking on her wedding day, or making up a story about why your aunt had that mischievous smile as a toddler. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      :)....I look forward to the result.

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Thanks Bill. I'm going to do that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, you have a treasure chest of inspiration to draw from...use your past life...use your photos....and then do what you do best...write!

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      lovedoctor926 3 years ago

      Useful information. My description using each of the five senses is similar to yours. It's interesting how the mind works and someone actually mentioned it here. Some of my best and favorite childhood memories are of the beach & Disney Parks in Orlando, FL. I wonder how many things I could come up with using photos to inspire creative writing ideas. I'll keep these tips in mind. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again Ann! Have a superb day.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Good; I'm looking forward to reading that. Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, my face is glowing. You are just way too kind to me with your compliments. I just see that which seems obvious and simplify it for everyone. It's the teacher in me I guess. Thank you! And how did you know? I have a hub coming out next week about music prompts. LOL Thank you my friend.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      This is great! Put yourself in a picture and you're surrounded immediately by all sorts of things.

      I made a snow-angel in the Arctic Circle! Well, you have to don't you?!!

      Music can do the same thing, don't you think? It can make one recall a person or a time or a feeling or a smell, sometimes all those things, good or bad!

      Writers have to be ready to receive multi-sensory stimuli and to impart it just as they find it - difficult but essential.

      How do you manage to make the simple so inspiring, bill? Brilliant!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am doing well, Randi, thank you! The same to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mel, good morning. Amazingly I never thought to do that...great idea. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beth, your vision is 20/20. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora! Have a wonderful week my friend.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Another great one! Thank you, Bill! I hope you are doing well!

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      Melanie Chisnall 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      This is one of the reasons why I love taking pictures so much. Even if it is only with my phone. How incredibly lucky are we to combine writing and using pictures we've taken together? It's like a little piece of magic right there. I love that picture of Bev. I hope you've taken it to the photo printing place and gotten it printed or blown up. It's definitely one for the frames!

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      Beth37 3 years ago

      Yes, I see a woman who loves nature, but even more beautiful, I see a man who loves the woman. I liked this hub. :)

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great lesson with illustrations. Thank you, Bill.

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      Ben Blackwell 3 years ago

      No problem.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good luck with it, Ben, and thank you for the following.

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      Ben Blackwell 3 years ago

      This is a pretty cool idea. I think I'll try it out next time I want to write but can't think of anything.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much Pamela. It's good to know that I still have my teaching abilities four years removed from the classroom. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, those are great suggestions. I love hearing about the process other writers use. Well done my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur! I'm always happy to see you visit.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good afternoon Lesley! Bev is most definitely a good sport, but she happens to love that picture of her, so no harm. :) Thank you for the visit on this rainy Sunday.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      I really like this hub. I think using pictures is a good idea and also it makes us use our five senses in most cases. I have used pictures when writing before, but I feel you really explained the purpose so well with the examples you used. Another excellent hub for us struggling writers!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Picture prompts are great to start writing, they definitely remove the writer's block and gets the creative juices flowing. Another useful and informative hub.Voted up.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Another of your helpful and informatve hubs Bill. I don't normally use photo prompts initially, and find most of my inspiration comes from a song or it's title, a book title or a phrase, or just the name of a place I find interesting. Once I have that, I search for relevant photos to fit the topic. That's when those photos give me additional ideas and feelings to enhance my initial idea. So I still use photos for inspiration in the writing process, but rarely as the initial prompt. I guess I'm just a little different in my approach.

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      Jane Arden 3 years ago

      Such good advice as usual Bill. Your Bev is a good sport allowing you to show her off here (and why not). I did look at the picture differently (the grey etc). I must take it all in. Found myself listening to Tommy here on this Sunday morning. Blast from the past. Thank you for all your hard work Bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, you are very welcome. I'm just happy I had a good idea. LOL Have a great weekend my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure vkwok; thank you too!

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      Connie Smith 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, I first learned about picture prompts from your Artistry With Words blog, and my writing changed significantly from that point on. It's such a great tool; thank you for introducing me to that sensory world I had been ignoring ;) Pearl

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for another amazing, useful hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I have never had writer's block either. Life is too full for me to come up empty. There was a picture once, taken by National Geographic, of a sad woman in a war-torn country...haunting....now there was a story waiting to be written. :) Thank you for you thoughts.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, you are never running late at my site. I love that picture of Bev....and yes, I can see your interpretation very well. Thank you for sharing your creative mind with us.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nadine, just lovely. I look forward to seeing the results of that interview and those pictures. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend in Cape Town.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, I love the way you put that...add images to poems or poems to images....you have a writer's soul my friend.

      Thank you and blessings always

      billy

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE....you are greatly appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Exactly Alicia! We are made up of so many memories. It is fertile ground for a writer.

      Thank you and enjoy your weekend.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Pictures are some of the my most inspirational sources (regardless of whether it's my photo, a friend's, or a stranger's), so this resonated with me. Fortunately, I've never had writer's block. There's just too much in there that's screaming to get out. I take lots of photos wherever I go -- the more offbeat the better. I also save cool ones that others take. You never know when you'll come back to them! At times, I've written hubs based on a single inspirational photo. I think you've inspired us today. Thanks again and again.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have often looked at pictures and thought of a story, but have never done it yet, strangely. To me the first picture up there of Bev (before I knew it was her) was a woman beseeching God, which that alone could make a thousand different stories or more. No?

      Oh, sorry I am running late. Sure you can use a share today too though.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Love your homework Billy. After our radio interview at 9 this morning we went to a restaurant for breakfast and I took a lot of photos. That will be used for a hub, hopefully published during the coming week. One of your suggestions remember. Have a great weekend.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      I either add images to my poems or add poems to my images. This is extremely useful when on a day the creative juices aren't flowing as they should. Voting up Billy and wishing you a great weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesome ideas here and always a helpful hub from you for all writers well done on your presentation.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely hub, Bill. I use photo prompts for writing. I enjoy looking at photos, thinking about the scenes and exploring the ideas that enter my mind.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bingo indeed, Bill! I have thousands of pictures waiting for me. Now I just have to find the time to write about them all.

      Have a great weekend buddy!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jo! We always have fun and we really need to head to the mountains and snowshoe again now that there is fresh snow up there. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, a Hershey Bar I can guarantee. :)

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      Alan R Lancaster 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Fat Betty says 'Ta, but mind where you put your feet when you meet me' (it's a bit boggy around her base sometimes), 'and leave something exotic, like a Hershey Bar' .

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill, I rely on this a lot. I use pictures often and I find it's easier to write about a place if I have the pictures handy. Sometimes when I am struggling with a new topic to write about I go through my photos and bingo, the ideas flow. Great job, have a great weekend.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hey Bill, pictures really work for me, they always manages to jump start the brain and get the imagination into gear. You guys looked like you're having fun, great pics. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheila, I have very little new information. Just consider me a flow of reminders of what we all learned at one time. :) Thanks for being here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Madeleine, I know exactly what you mean, so if it was weird then I am weird too. Thank you and enjoy your weekend as well.

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      These are some great exercises to use for writing descriptions. I remember doing a few of these types of papers for my college English class.

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      Wondeful hub! I really enjoyed reding it, because I could really relate to it. When I write, I often use the pictures in my head that are stored as memories. That sounded weird, but I hope you know what I mean. Have a wonderful weekend, Bill!

      Madeleine

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      WriterJanis, thanks for your thoughts. I will walk away from a piece for a little time and the riddle will solve itself while i'm doing something else. It is really interesting how our minds work.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, if there was ever any doubt, and in my mind there was none, we now know with certainty that you are a natural-born writer. Loved this little jaunt through the countryside, courtesy of your vivid imagination. Give a wave to Fat Betty for me next time you pass by her, and thanks for the entertainment.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      erinshelby, we are our senses....how could a writer ever ignore them? Thank you for the visit and have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, that is so interesting that you do that. I'm not sure I've had anyone say that before but I totally understand it. Great example of how pictures can even help on tutorials and how-to articles. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      lambservant, it really is interesting how ten people can see the same picture and see ten different things. We are a jumble of past experiences and they play so heavily on our perception of what we see. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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      Janis 3 years ago from California

      What a great idea to use pictures. I hadn't thought of that before and will try it next time I get writer's block. I usually do something to distract myself, like watch some TV, then wait for the ideas to return.

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      Alan R Lancaster 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Standing beside Fat Betty, looking across the horseshoe of Rosedale, east towards the Lion Inn beside the Egton-Hutton road.That's where I started earlier, an hour or so ago. There's a lone curlew nearby, I heard it before it was scared off by the purr of a family saloon passing on its way from Rosedale Abbey for the Egton road. Then I'm on my own again with Fat Betty.

      I take a wrapped cake off the ledge beside her white-painted squat head and leave half a packet of Spangles - if you take something from her you've got to leave something by return. It's 'rules of the road'. I push cake into the top pocket of my anorak, pull on my pack and set off again for the next point on the walk downhill to Fryup on my way to Danby.

      As I begin the descent a crow flies up, alarmed. Rabbits flee the other way as my boot heels clack on the ancient, cracking tarmac, taking in the patchwork of green fields on the other side of Eskdale, set against the garish yellow of fields full of Rape - cattle cake, bio-degradable fuel - and distant farmhouses with their acres of shed rooves.

      Bye-bye Betty, see you next time - I wonder what sort of treasures she'll have for me then...

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      erinshelby 3 years ago from United States

      Images are a great way to unlock writer's block! I like how you made mention of the five senses... smelling the earth, feeling enthusiasm.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I really got into this hub. Even though I don't do creative writing, I always post my photos for my hubs first, and then I write. No. 1 because I usually do tutorials and they prompt me what to write and No. 2 because the photos help me with my opening. Great hub Bill!

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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Billy, I caught the bug for this type of writing exercise when I was in grammar school as I had a teacher who used it and boy it really helped me and it was so fun.

      Last year I ran a class on this called Express Yourselves at TACID in Tacoma. It was a big hit. It's amazing how different directions each person's mind takes off.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Victoria, you remind me of when I first started on HP...I often did two a day. I was driven to do 365 in 365. Once I made it I cut back to five a week. All of that is to say I am impressed by your work ethic and I hope you see success soon.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      It's true that a picture is worth a thousand words. Very nice Billy! And you call me a writing machine! :) Voted up, useful and interesting!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is, Joelle; don't see yourself short. You are a fine writer who will only improve like a fine wine.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      The difference between you and me is that you can translate an image in words.... I often see a 3D projects in my mind. It's really strange how the minds work.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey Suzette, it's always a pleasure having you comment...yes indeed, prompts in a classroom are the way to go. I had great experiences sharing prompts with kids when I was teaching.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Mary, I so love having you read my hubs, so we make quite a team. :) Thank you dear friend. It's a stormy weekend here so it's time to tie down everything so it doesn't blow away.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wiccan, you just mentioned an important point...we don't always use everything that we sense from a prompt....but it gives us more clarity as we begin to write. Well done my writer friend and you are welcome for omitting the dog poop. LOL

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, if we are receptive to the stimuli then pictures will practically write articles all by themselves. I know you know this....thank you and have a great weekend in Ottawa.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Skye, it is always good to see you my friend. Welcome back. I hope you passed through those storms and now see sunny skies. Love to you on this fine Friday in Olympia.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And a fine little ditty it is, Sha! I would say reaching for hope but then what do I know? LOL Thanks my dear.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Love The Who video! I used photographs all the time in the classroom as prompts for writing. I use them when I write on HP also. Anyone who is 'visual' will be inspired by a photo to write. Thanks for another great instructional writing hub!

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Yet another hub that needs to be bookmarked, earmarked, remembered and whatever else for any and all writers. Great exercises that just foster more and help us to write. I so love reading your hubs sensei!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      Whenever I imagine a scene I like to sit and visualize it through all five senses; even if I don't use everything that comes to me in the actual story or essay, it 'sets the scene' enough for me that it pours out as though I'm there. Great idea using pictures. Having a very strong sense of smell, I have to thank you for sparing us the dog poop, lol.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I love your idea of using pictures and the five senses to stimulate writing. And as you write, when I was reading and looking at your pictures, I could see some of my pictures in my mind or even places I have been and remember the sensation of that time.

      With your picture of Yellowstone Lake, I could feel two things... the "silence" and peace first and then the soft noise of nature (water running, birds flying or singing, all the little noises of insects, etc. It's true that a picture is worth a thousand words.... we just have to give a voice (or a pen... or a keyboard) to the picture.

      Great hub as usual! You make us think :-)

      Have a nice weekend!

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      skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      billybuck! Precious brother first of all I long to say I pray you and yours have a most blessed new year overflowing in the Love of Jesus; abundant and rich in His grace and tender mercies which are new each day.

      I have been away for a time on a mission. Dealing with some life issues. Going through some storms but never alone and praising God for He is faithful and true. He turns all things for the good for those that love Him.

      I am putting my fingers back on the keyboard. I am excited. I love your hub lesson dear bro. It is perfect. It is brilliant in fact and simple indeed. Some of us just need these prompts to help clear the way for the fingers to move and get the brain waves flowing with the creative juices. You are the best and I am honored to follow you. Thank you so much for your big heart and helping others. Love your pictures of Bev. Beautiful! Love ya bro, your sister in Christ. Skye

      Shared across the board!!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I prefer picture prompts to writing prompts. Picture prompts offer complete creative carte blanche as opposed to the beginning of an idea being planted in your head. A while back you posted a photo of Bev fly fishing. It may have been on your blog - I don't remember, but I wrote a little ditty about the pic. Here it is:

      Knee deep in the river, Bev casts her line. With the swirling flow of the water dictating the natural rhythm of her body, she casts the perfect fly; reaching for the catch of her dreams. Is she searching for fish or searching for hope?

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...great line again, Eric! You do have a way with words and truth.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Faith, I hope the doctor visit is not something serious. Thanks for dropping by before the appointment. Have a great weekend and thank you.

      blessings are yours

      bill

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wow I never thought of it in an organized fashion like that. The best teaching I ever get is when I say "I knew that". Thank you for organizing my thoughts.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Ah, yes, God gave us our five senses for a reason! Yes, a picture can actually tell a thousand words or more for sure. I hear you and I can taste the sweet smell of success, as well as see smiles. I think I used all five senses in that last sentence lol. Heading to the doctor this day, but thought I would go ahead and catch you early!

      Have a blessed weekend dear Bill,

      Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you are quick this morning. Thank you for such loyalty. Give me a picture, any picture, and I can give you 1,500 words...that's how much I love picture prompts.

      Happy Friday my friend.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I honestly love using picture prompts and probably why I am doing more on Instagram nowadays, because taking pictures and being able to share, as well as use them when I write is perfect to me. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful photos with us today and have a great Friday now, too. We made it to the end of another great week, so totally enjoy!