When I'm on a retreat I like to use writing prompts. Sometimes they are prompts I find online, other times I'll search out books of prompts and sometimes I like to make up my own prompts. When I plan a writer's day, I try to come up with things to write about. That never works. I usually find things to write about while I'm writing. I get my ides through writing. It's a challenge for me to write from an idea, but I can write from writing prompts. For some reason, visual writing prompts are challenging. The point is that we all need to take a day or as much as we can and spend time with our art. For me, writing fiction is why I'm in school to earn my MFA degree, to focus on my fiction writing career.
Today's prompt, which I posted on my facebook page, Writing Community, is to use this picture to inspire a short story or a scene. Mostly, have fun with it. Andy Rooney said, about how to get ideas for writing, you damn well sit down and decide to have an idea. Ever since I read that, I've had ideas and I realize that it's not ideas that are hard to come by, it's figure out how to shape them into something. Have fun writing. I will.