How to Use the Mslexia Prompt Generator

  • Try to resist the urge to keep hitting next until you find something you like. Force your brain to work with the first image you’re given – by stretching your imagination beyond its comfort zone, you’re more likely to generate something exciting.
  • Feeling stuck? Ask yourself the following questions: why, who, what, where, when, how? Reject the first few answers that spring to mind and push yourself to find something less obvious. And then, ‘so what?’ Combined as one, what kind of climax do all of these circumstances build towards?
  • Still feeling stuck? Set yourself a sixty-second timer, and use that minute to jot down every single word that comes to mind when you look at this image. Pick out objects, sensory details, moods, potential conflict, themes, character motivations. Once your minute is up, choose the most interesting three as a jumping off point.