Monday Morning Prompt: The story inside the story

What story is in a picture?

I spent lots of time explaining this to beginning storytellers and photographers the past year.

Photographers are storytellers. They use a lens instead of paper and light instead of pens.  However, they are limited. While they capture moments like the one up top, a write can capture what lead to the big moments.

So for your prompt today, take any picture that moves you (could be a painting, a favorite picture in the paper today, picture from your family album or the one above) and write a short story, the background story, that lead up to that moment.

When I mean short, I mean no more than 500 words. This exercise can easily get away from you so limit yourself. Just tell what you need to tell. In fact, this is a prompt that poets can also get in on.

 

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