Pictures and word-flow

You can also use pictures to stimulate word-flows, of course. The photograph below has inspired  students to come up with more ideas than any other photograph I have used. I won’t tell you what it is or where it is. Let your imagination do the work.

— Just gaze at it and jot down whatever comes into your mind.

— What sort of mood or feelings does the scene evoke?
— Write words, such as adjectives that describe the scene.
— Write phrases to describe how someone might react if they discovered this place.
— Use imagination as well as fact and logic. You might even come up with a brief outline of a story.

Try the experiment with some friends.
Do not compare notes or even talk to each other while you’re doing it.
After ten minutes, you can compare notes.
You might be quite surprised!


People who have seen rock formations might relate it to what they have seen somewhere else.

Some people might think of a rocky landscape they have read about and make comparisons.

Others might launch straight into imaginative ideas and introduce people — one of the reasons this picture works so well is that nobody can be seen. You have to add your own people and imagine why they are there. When you do this, you have to use appropriate language to describe what they are doing and how they feel. It could be pleasure, fear, amazement, worry, confusion...  it’s up to you!

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