Whenever I’m trying to find inspiration for a story, I try to look at objects we see everyday but might take for granted. Trees, signs, mountains, light fixtures. And I try to add a spin to it. It’s an exercise that helps take me around that writer’s block. What new world will I enter? What strangers will I meet? What adventure awaits?
These answers come when I ask…what if, and what do I see?
So in this segment, I’m taking a picture of an object and brainstorming ten things that I see.
Here’s a picture of a tree. I see…
- A girl who discovers a tiny city of fairies in the treetop.
- A terrifying murder, with the only witness being the tree itself.
- A tree that carries the weight of secrets of everyone who rested under its shade.
- The secret rendezvous of lovers beneath the tree’s protective cover.
- The tree’s arms lifted high in prayer for the girl who cries from heartbreak as she leans against its trunk for support.
- A baby bird learning to fly.
- A protest against cutting down the city’s landmark.
- Elves who speak to the tree spirits and learn the stories of the past.
- The dying breaths of a hero who fought his last battle.
- A family of squirrels seeking shelter from the rain.