Writing prompt pictures can help stretch your creative muscles… get the gears turning. I love to write for the prompts at Accentuate Writer’s Forum. It’s like having an appetizer before the meal of actually getting my butt in chair for a novel or short story.
Take a look at the picture to the right: the vine-covered, abandoned ferris wheel. What pops into your head first? Brainstorm a bit and see what pops into your head in a minute or two. Don’t always go with the first thing. It’s often the most obvious… the one anyone would pick.
You don’t want to be like anyone. You want to be like you. You need to write something unique and fresh.
Below is what I came up with after a couple minutes of thinking about the picture.
Mr. McGruber scurried back to his car, the bank check clutched between two fingers, held up in front of his chest, protecting it. It was more money than he had probably ever seen, and Charlie wondered if he’d be able to let go of it even at the bank.
He rocked back on his heels and looked up at the ferris wheel. “Fire,” he said, shifting his gaze to the thick vines that choked it. “The burn will do it some good.”
One week later, the field lay black and barren under a harvest moon. Charlie made the last connection with the ancient wires and the roller coaster sparked to life. Carnival music filled his mind as it creaked, shuddered and began to turn. Eighty-three years before, his wife had leaned too far over an ill-secured restraint and plummeted to her death at the base of the wheel. It shuddered, almost stopped, but then lurched to turn freely once again.
Charlie stood back and faded into nothingness again, his energy expended. From his place in the land of the dead, he watched the old wheel spin and thought of his Marjorie.