Visual Writing Prompts: Mountain Wilderness
Pretend for a moment that you are the main character of a work of fiction as yet to be written. What do you hear as you look out over this scene: meadowlarks, an eagle’s cry, or just silence? Do you feel a soft breeze on or the warmth of the springtime sun on your face? When you inhale, is the air tinged with the scent of evergreens?Where are you standing? Are you pausing to catch your breath and take in the view with a trail at your feet? Or maybe a boulder forms a smooth platform beneath your feet. Are you at the edge of a road with a low wall protecting you from a fall?
Who are you: a runaway teenager, an old man with memories, a young woman returning home after a long absence, or someone else? What desire burns most fiercely within you? What outcome do you most wish for from life? Do you want fame, forgiveness, happiness, or something else? What price are will you pay to obtain it?
What propelled you into this place at this moment: disappointment, sorrow, a life-changing event, or happy happenstance? How prepared are you for this setting? Are you wearing city clothes or hiking boots? Do you wish you were somewhere else instead, and if so, where and why?
What happens next? Will you confront someone, meet someone, or remain alone and lonely.
Is someone beside you or waiting nearby? If so, what does that person want from you? Is it someone who is in love with unrequited love for you? Or do you love someone who doesn’t love you back? Is this a meeting between sweethearts? Maybe this scene isn’t about romantic love at all. Could you be running for your life with a criminal in pursuit? Or you might be someone ready to divulge a long-held secret and to make peace with the past.
There might be additional persons in this scene. Who are they and why are they here? How does their presence make you feel: like hiding, ecstatic, lonely in a crowd, or overwhelmed by another emotion?
Where will you go from here: along roads beneath a tunnel of trees to the other side of the mountain, down a trail into the valley, back to your seat in the restaurant behind you, or somewhere different?
Why are you taking this journey and what do you stand to lose or gain?
Close your eyes, listen to mountain winds, and let your imagination breathe life into your story.