There’s a lot of talk within the blogging community about writer’s block, and ‘where do I find inspiration for my next post?‘

As I sit here in my bedroom thinking about what my next blog post would be, I got to thinking about all the different ways I find things to write about. One of my favorite go to prompts is inspiration from photos. In fact, my very first post was inspired by some photos I took of trains near my house.

And that first post became a three-part train theme called ‘Derailed.’ I chose that as the way to talk about my sudden unemployment due to the pandemic.

I created this black and white composite photo in Photoshop to create a somber mood for the first two posts.

Then for the third post, I chose this colorful photo of the red train we rode in Norway as a way to convey hope that everything was going to work out okay.


This next example is from a quick post I did when I had some severe writer’s block.

I was just scrolling through my photos and came across this one that always makes me smile. It was taken at the zoo on my birthday. The lettuce I fed the giraffe even served as inspiration for the title of the post, ‘Let Us Smile.’ Sometimes a post can be just that simple, so don’t overthink it!


Now, here is a random shot I took at a public garden. Didn’t know at the time what I was going to do with it, I just thought it was interesting to look at. It eventually developed into a ‘Moment of Calm’ post, which I do quite a bit in my Instagram stories. These posts are just a series of tranquil looking places that can serve to calm my anxiety.

So I want to encourage all of you to keep an eye out for interesting, or even ordinary, things to take photos of and save them! You never know when they might be useful in solving that pesky writer’s block!

2 thoughts on “Blog Tip: Photos as Writing Prompts

  1. Thanks for the inspiration, writers block can come on so suddenly too. I do find myself with a spark of imagination in the funny moments and it just takes one giggle to inspire an entire post. If I don’t have any funny moments to write about I look at the calendar to see what occasions (silly and legit) that I can pull a related story out of.. That helps me a lot! 🙂

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