Stars in the Sky is a writing prompt that asks you to imagine the story behind what is happening in the digital image.

“It made scars in the sky” is how the digital image is typically referred to, namely because of the poem that accompanies the piece. (I recommend not reading the poem until after writing your first draft, you want to be influenced by the image, not the poem.)

This beautiful image by digital artist AquaSixio deserves a story; your story can be leading up to what is happening in the image, the action within the image, it can be about the image itself, the image could even be a memory in the past… the way you use the image is entirely up to you.

There are two rules you do have to follow:

  • You only have 45 minutes to write so once you start, write smart. If 45 minutes is too short, try and write only the core of your overall story, you can always write the rest later. If it’s too long, try and use all the time; expand your story or, if that’s not an option for you, go ahead and edit your draft… rewrite parts if needed. The point is to do your best in the time allotted.
  • The second rule is that you MUST use the image in your story. Without the image, there is no point to the exercise. Choose however you want to use it, but it must be a part of your story in some way.

So that’s it. Get a good look at the image; get your tablet, phone, notebook, laptop (or whatever you write on/with); set your timer to 45 minutes; and get writing!