You are standing at the bottom of these stairs looking up.
Why have you come down them and what is waiting for you at the top?
Alternatively, what is behind you at the bottom?
Write about your situation without telling the reader exactly where you are or what is at the top of the stairs – or behind you. Use descriptive language to convey a picture that the reader can build up in their own mind. Make them use their imagination.
Use sparing language and make your reader feel the chill in their bones – whether it is the chill of air temperature or fear.
Remember; it is often what you cannot see that is the most vivid. Hitchcock used this to great effect. He rarely showed violence, he left you to imagine it. Think Psychoand the shower curtain scene.
Doors are great visual prompts for imagining something that lies beyond. We immediately want to know what is inside, or outside, a door.
Doors are entrances and exits, whether to a house or another room.
The door itself begins to set the scene by what it looks like. Is it modern and clean-cut or old and decrepit? Its appearance will set the mood of what you imagine is beyond. Does it look inviting or threatening?
There are hundreds of things we see every day that can spark a story. Watching people on the street, in cafes, in the park, can set us wondering what their life is like and what has brought them to where they are now.
Below are ten photographs of people in different situations. Pick the one that immediately grabs your attention and sets your imaginative juices flowing, and see if you can write a story about it.