Friday Writing Prompts

A Writing Prompt from Thomas Heise

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Today's prompt comes from Thomas Heise, author of Moth; or how I came to be with you again.

Photo Finds
I'm fascinated by old photographs of strangers that I sometimes find at fleamarkets. They can be rich sources of imaginative material because they give you details to worth with - clothing, hairstyles, familial relations, period furnishings, landscapes - but leave so much open for speculation. I have a small collection of them that I've assembled over the years. I look and ask how did this picture come to be? What is the backstory of this person or family? What happened in the day, weeks, or years afterwards? Find a few old photos of people you don't know and use them to write a character sketch, to develop a new story line, or to create a background for a narrator or character.