Here is a nice writing exercise I learned a few years back and though I don't have the photo, I can describe it and share what I wrote:
It was a photograph of a landscape: In the foreground was an open space (Of indeterminate size beyond the limited area shown in the photo.) with melting snow. Further back was a small area of brush, and just beyond that was the edge of a forested area.
I had 10 minutes to write something revolving around this scene, and this is what I wrote:
The valley seemed huge and forbidding to him as he huddled in the brush at the edge of the forest and contemplated traversing it to reach his destination.
The snow was melting, revealing no other vegetation, or outcropping of rock, to shelter in if he felt threatened.
The valley was empty of all life, and yet he did not feel relief at the thought.
The valley was his pathway to adulthood.
His Father had walked it, and braved its emptiness, as had his Father, and his Father's Father before him.
And so, it now was his turn, and slowly, tentatively, he stepped forward and set out...
My question, dear reader, is this:
Who, or what, do you think I am talking about?
Use YOUR imagination, and share your thoughts by leaving a comment.
Don't be shy. :-)