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Writing Prompts From Nature

Updated on August 31, 2012
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Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.


Ever had to think of a story to write? Maybe you had an assignment for school or a publisher asked you to contribute a story to a magazine. What if you can't think of anything?

That is where writing prompts come into play. They can be such lifesavers. They give you so many ideas that you may never have enough time to write them all.

How Writing Prompts Help

How do they help? More than you could know.

You're stuck. You can't come up with an idea. You don't realize that there are ideas all around you. You just have to look and see them.

They give you new possibilities. You can use pictures. You can use your own backyard. Nature has so much potential to give you as a writer. Don't ignore them. Use what Nature offers you.

Here are some examples that might help you understand more.


Grist Mill in Winter

Look at the picture above. What do you see? A mill and snow. But there is more than meets the eye.

  • Maybe the men who run it find themselves snowed in and can't get out.
  • There is a major flood from the spring thaw and the mill is washed away.
  • A murder occurs here and years later someone tries to find out why and let the ghost have a rest.
  • This is actually a mob coverup. They are really mining gold.

This is just a few things this picture could prompt you to write about. Let the imagination flow. See it in a movie and what could happen there. Maybe it is prohibition and they are manufacturing alcohol. Keep thinking of more things.


Bird on a Branch

Plain old picture of a bird? Not on your life.

What if this is a rare bird that no one has seen in a hundred years? You could turn it into a conspiracy, a comedy, or a mystery.

What if two people are watching this bird and bump into each other? They could fall in love or discover they were sibling separated at birth.

See what all come out of a simple bird on a branch?


Just a Bee?

What if this flower is rare and the bee brings a different pollen to create an unusual flower next spring?

The bee could be a robot sent to gather a secret new flower that will be presented in an international competition.

Think of genres. How could romance come out of this? How could something paranormal? What comedy could be inspired by this picture?

This is endless!

Stop and Ponder

All you have to do is stop and look at nature around you. Focus on one scene and think of the many possibilities. You won't be disappointed.

Shoot! You might be the next New York Bestseller.


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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions my friend! My ideas come from everywhere; walks in nature tend to clear my mind and open me up to possibilities. Very fertile ground out there.