Use an Image to Inspire Creativity

halfHere’s a quick thought about creativity on the U.S. Labor Day holiday.

Images can often inspire us in ways we don’t expect. Especially for writers, since we’re used to spending our time swimming in words.

Does this photograph by Clara Natoli bring up any new ideas?

If you’re feeling creative, use it as a prompt by writing whatever comes to mind while you look at it.

This could be a freewrite, a poem, a metaphor, a full-length story, or anything else that arises.

Happy Labor Day!


5 Responses to “Use an Image to Inspire Creativity”

  1. 1 Kathy September 7, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Even though I’m a writer, I am inspired by visual cues – and one reason I enjoy blogging is that I can mix audio and visual cues. One reason I enjoy my blog more than Facebook or Twitter is that I can create my own artistic environment where I can go whenever I need to connect with myself. Pictures are just so much more immediate and help me express what it is I am trying to say.

  2. 2 eatlivetravelwrite September 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Love this idea – I actually use it for creative writing activities in class quite often.

  3. 3 stranglingmymuse September 8, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    That’s an interesting way to look at your blog, Kathy, and I like the creativity of making your own environment on the Internet. I guess we’re all doing that when we blog or create a webpage, but I hadn’t thought of it in quite that way before.

    Mardi, that’s great — I remember doing that exercise in school as a kid and loving it.


  1. 1 Keep Your Writing Mojo Flowing « Strangling My Muse Trackback on March 19, 2010 at 6:14 am
  2. 2 Weekend Writing Flow « Strangling My Muse Trackback on July 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm

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