Looking at a picture and then writing can be fun.

When you write anything that comes to mind, you are free-writing or writing in a stream-of-consciousness mode. Anytime you get stuck for something to write, this is a helpful method to get you going again. Just begin writing about anything. Keep the pencil moving. Eventually, something interesting will creep into your mind, and you’ll take off!

WRITING PROMPT FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL: Take a peek at this picture and then write whatever comes to mind.


Now it’s your turn: Take a peek at this picture taken by a teen and write what comes to your mind. Use it to start a story, if you wish.

A few questions to get you started: What do you think they are looking at? What do you think just happened? Are they shocked? Frightened? Repulsed? What do you think happens next?



Find another prompt from an image here.>>

And another one from a funny Yosemite image here. >>

Copyright © 2015 by Sharon Watson

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Two teens photo credit: Copyright © 2015 by Julia Burtch

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