For this writing prompt, you’ve climbed into a stone tower and are looking out a window. Outside, wind blows in the tree tops, sounding a lot like this:
Visual Writing Prompts
Story Starters: Tower Window
Where in the world is this tower located? Is this a castle tower or a lonely watchtower? Who lives here and why? Or perhaps the building is abandoned. Why?
What do you smell? Dust, mold, the stench of mice?
Is it hot or warm outside but cold inside or is this tower a welcome shelter from the chill wind?
What can you see through the window? How do the stones feel against your hand as you peer out?
When you gaze at this picture, what story theme comes to mind? Freedom from captivity? Forgiveness of the unforgiveable? Redemption for a fallen soul?
Do you see a character poised at the window? Who is this, and what does he or she want? What fears hold this character back? What are the strengths that will save this person? How does all of this suggest or reinforce a theme? Do you see other characters? What are their roles?
What is the history of this place and how does it shape events in your story? What could happen in this place unless your character prevents it? Or maybe your character wants to cause something. If so, what will bring that about? What are the benefits? What are the costs?
Is it morning or afternoon? What season are you in? Is the sun bursting out after a rain or is the weather balmy?
Without editing yourself, free write for at least five minutes. Either keep going to create the first draft of a story or use what you’ve written during this exercise for a scene in your current work in progress or to plot a new story.