Images that Invoke a Story


Images that Invoke a Story

 As a writer, I enjoy writing prompts. My Messengers writing group always began with a prompt, more times than not, producing a little gem that led to a longer piece of writing. The images on Pinterest can serve as prompts just as well.

I created a board I named Images that Invoke a Story for this very reason. I think of these images as scenery on a stage.Though I found the image I have included here after I wrote Greening of a Heart, you can see in the following quote from the novel how such an image can invoke a story.

 “Henry followed her (Christine Bennett) into the back garden where, on a small flagstone patio, they sat on two weathered chairs drawn up near the back door. The flower beds immediately adjacent to the seating area were mulched with gravel. Henry(Bernard) looked around. “What you have here reminds me of something John Brooks has done at Denmans. Have you seen his garden?”

“Aren’t you nice? I had tea there a few years ago. It was a wonderful day. I wish I could come close to this achievement. I can’t keep up the way I once did.”

“It looks to me like you’re keeping up very well; this is a beautiful garden.”

Why not dedicate a Pinterest board that will inspire your writing, or your art? The cliche that pictures say a thousand words, in my case, helped me write a novel. We all carry with us memories of places we have been, things we have seen, have photographs of special occasions we revisit in our quiet moments. Find an image you love, use it as a prompt, create a story worth telling.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her:
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1 Response to Images that Invoke a Story

  1. What a great idea to use Pinterest images as writing prompts!

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