Another super-short mega story writing challenge

Here’s another super-short mega story writing challenge.

Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun.

Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!

Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!

The story can be about anything, and should be suitable for a general readership, so please keep away from ‘adult’ themes. As for the picture itself – well, I took it at the south of Lake Onoke, in the southern Wairarapa, in New Zealand. It’s not too far from where James Cameron lives. Yes, that James Cameron. Are you ready? Set…

Go!

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015

A Super-Short Mega Story writing challenge

Welcome to a Super-Short Mega Story writing challenge. Your challenge is to use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun.

Lake Dunstan, central Otago.

Lake Dunstan, central Otago. Photo: Matthew Wright, http://www.mjwrightnz.wordpress.com

If it all works and everybody has a lot of fun – which is what all this is about – I’ll keep the contest going. Let me know what you write!

We kick off with a picture I took of Lake Dunstan – an artificial hydro lake in Otago, New Zealand, formed in the early 1990s. But your story can be about anything…can’t it. Are you ready? Set…

Go!

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015

Writing inspirations – bright skies before a tropical rain

A couple of autumns back I spent a week on Rarotonga, where I took this slightly dramatic picture of a tropical storm looming.

Tropical rain approaching in Rarotonga.

Tropical rain approaching in Rarotonga.

Luckily I was able to get my camera packed away before the storm broke. It was an evocative moment; the feeling of oppression, the stillness – and then the rain, with its feeling of relief. A moment to inspire writing? Absolutely.  You?

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015

Writing inspirations found in a photo of a beach scene

Every so often I happen to take a photo that I later find inspiring, one way or another. Like this beach scene from Petone, at the north end of Port Nicholson in New Zealand.

Petone Beach, Wellington district, New Zealand.

Petone Beach, Wellington district, New Zealand.

For me, in this scene, it’s the interplay of wind, of colour and of shape; an abstraction that gives rise to abstract ideas as much as to the memory of the day I took the picture. Hopefully you’ll find it inspiring too.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015

Writing inspirations – there ain’t room in this town for the Sheriff

One of the less known facts about New Zealand’s colonial days is the fact that we shared what has become known as ‘Pacific rim’ culture – a colonial disapora, driven in part by the hunt for gold, that left places from Victoria to California with very similar look, feel and even people.

The historic precinct in Cromwell, central Otago.

The historic precinct in Cromwell, central Otago.

This is the historic district of Cromwell, one of New Zealand’s gold-mining towns in the 1860s. See what I mean? I find that inspiring. Do you?

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015

Writing inspirations – one of two famous steamships from 1912

As far as New Zealanders are concerned there were two famous steamships that had their maiden voyages in 1912. One of them was the Titanic (obviously). The other was this one – SS Earnslaw.

SS Earnslaw approaching the Queenstown steamer wharf on Lake Wakipitu.

SS Earnslaw approaching the Queenstown steamer wharf on Lake Wakipitu.

Unlike the Titanic, the Earnslaw’s still going – in fact, she is one of the oldest working steamships in the world. She was built in pieces in Dunedin and then assembled inland, at the south end of Lake Wakipitu, to serve the mail run and get mail and supplies to inland sheep stations along the coast of this zig-zag lake. She’s still doing it – and is a major tourist attraction. I think that story is one to inspire.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015

Writing inspirations – looking back through ages at the violence of nature

In case anybody is wondering about the violence of New Zealand’s tectonic past (and present, and future), I thought I’d post this picture.

The uplift was HOW far?

The uplift was HOW far?

See those layers of stones near the top of the cliff? Well, they used to be the beach. For me, not so much an inspiration to write as one to go and sort out the family emergency earthquake kit.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015