Photographic Writing Prompts for Paranoid Characters

Pictures to put you in the mood for writing scenes of paranoia and fear.

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the clock

 

Time erodes our lives like fear erodes our confidence.

 

who's there

 

Please don’t turn, please don’t turn…

 

between the shades

 

Lace curtains can’t disguise bad intentions, but they can distract from the voyeur watching you.

 

peek

 

Is someone out there?

 

dolly

 

“Dolly, look…”

 

watching

 

“They told me that house was abandoned. I’m not so sure.”

 

closed

 

The windows are closed, but the things we fear remain inside…with us.

 

what lies beneath

 

“I thought I felt something tug at my leg under the table…”

 

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I hope you enjoyed this series of pictures and prompts. Leave your own captions in the comments below!

Picture Tour through a Victorian Weekend Getaway House!

I promised in my Characters’ Psychologies video that I’d show you the Victorian house I’m staying in, so here are some great inspirational highlights from it. Hope they inspire you too!

Victorian house bedroom

Let’s start in the beautiful bedroom I’m sleeping in. Maroon walls, pink bed covers and pillows, and a chest with a story to tell. Ideal for me!

bedside lamp

The lamp at my bedside is perfect for reading. Each milk glass section lights individually and together to give you exactly the amount of light you want. The ambient lighting is also great for late-night writing in a notebook.

bedroom chest view

 

Damaged chest, perfect bed. Stories are in the making!

 

mirror and bureau

 

Little corner of cute.

 

glass doorknob

 

The beautiful glass doorknob and lock on my door.

 

hallway light

 

Let’s move out to the hallway. At night, this is the lamp that just barely lights the hallway.

 

blue flowers

 

My mom’s room is more of a beach theme (the place we’re staying is by the beach), so it’s a white and blue room. The owners of the house put these lovely blue and white flowers in her room as a finishing touch. I just think they’re so pretty!

 

blue room glass doorknob

 

Blue room glass doorknob. I love the contrast of colors.

 

child's view

 

A child’s view of the same doorknob. The slightly open door suggests a lot of possibilities to me. I also think the light blue on white seems very innocent.

 

damaged chest

 

Back to my room for a minute. I love this damaged chest so much!

 

lock

 

The paint is chipped away but the secrets remain intact.

 

darkened light

 

There is always light in the darkness.

 

self-portrait

 

Writer as photographer.

 

stairs

 

Let’s go downstairs.

 

mirror

 

Mirror mirror…
lion

 

This regal lion oversees the family room. He tops off a piece of furniture called a hall tree that acts as a chair, a mirror, and a coat hanger. It’s seriously unique.

 

carving detail

 

Beautiful carving details on the same piece of furniture as the lion.

 

lamp

 

The dining room is always dim, and at night this light casts an eerie glow over the wooden dining room table.

 

banister

 

Possibilities…

 

dramatic

And for the finale, something dramatic.

I hope you enjoyed this tour! This place keeps my motivation and productivity high. Do you have a place that does that same for you?