|The Hay Scene|
I'm sure this can inspire a story, but I have too many others in my brain at the moment, so if this gives you an idea then go ahead...
|The Hay Wizard|
Personally I find images a great prompt for ideas. In July I did a mini workshop where we used postcards and yes, that story idea is still pending...
Some Victorian artists used their paintings to tell a story and you could take any aspect of such a painting to create a narrative.
Just because a scene is historical it doesn't mean you can't translate it to a modern day situation, and vice versa of course, you just make appropriate adjustments for the time period you're using.
How often do you actually stop and look at the minor details in the background of a painting or photograph?
There could be an interesting object, another painting or person caught in time by the artist or photographer. What you then do with that is up to you and your imagination.
Writers observe, even if we aren't consciously aware of it, we are gathering snippets that will eventually find their way into our writing.
So in the coming year I'm going to visit the art gallery at the Castle and see what inspiration is lurking on the walls...