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A Word or Two to Get You Started

What is a writing prompt? It is a word, picture, phrase, quote or set of directions to help you kick start your writing for those days when you just can not get anything to percolate (it is also a great routine to get into to keep the words flowing).

In this page you will find a few of the above options to help you journal or start your next short story as well as some really great book ideas and other writing inspiration.

This page was created in January 2007 and is updated every Sunday (unless posted otherwise).

Note from Moe -- February 2, 2015: Taking a wee break. Check out my blog for lots of prompts.

If this is your first time here then please scroll down to learn more about using writing prompts. If you are a regular, use the pink flowers to jump to each of the writing prompts.

February Prompt Challenge


The Idea Book

A Poem a Day

For the month of February spend a few moments with the simplicity of Haiku, a terse Japanese poetic form that has been adapted to Western culture.

This is a beautiful form that celebrates nature in all her glory and wisdom.


black bird guardian

eternal silent slumber

blanketed in snow


The general rule of creation involves using a 5/7/5 syllabic count.

black bird guar-di-an

e-ter-nal si-lent slum-ber

blank-et-ed in snow

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Try to follow this guideline for the first week but then feel free to add your own creative instincts as the month progresses.

Some more inspiration:

we are sudden stars

you and i exploding in

our blue black skins

~Sonia Sanchez

Fresh snow on the roof

of a car that passed me by.

The print of one hoof.

~Paul Muldoon

An iris

whiter at twilight

in spring

~Yosa Buson

Daily Word Prompts - One a day keeps procrastination at bay...

Here are a week's worth of daily "word" prompts. Do not read ahead. Get your pen or word document handy then pick a day, read the word and start writing. Mark each word on your calendar as a reminder.

  • Day One: Tapped
  • Day Two: Trunk
  • Day Three: Kidney
  • Day Four: Castle
  • Day Five: Pound
  • Day Six: 2400
  • Day Seven: Code

When the week is over write another piece using all of these words; and not in all sentence either.

Prompt Writing Resources - Click Book Cover for Full Description

Look For the Red Blossoms

More to Get You Going

Need more than a word to get you started?

Scroll down to find the other red blossoms like the one at right to find seven different kinds of prompts throughout this lens; one for each day of the week plus a few extra just in case.

These Change Every Week!


Writing Prompt

Get ready to write before you read...

In 500 words (or more) write about:

A woman who is caught on video in her sister's dorm:

  • why is she at her sister's dorm
  • what is she doing on the video
  • who would care what she's doing
  • who took the video
  • how many people have seen the video
  • and what is the outcome of being caught

Be meticulous with your detail as you write about her.

The Write Brain

The Perfect Writing Prompt

No Such Thing!

There is no such thing as the perfect writing prompt. Writing prompts are not some magic elixir that will suddenly make you an active writer. You still have engage your butt, mind, and fingers to get the job done. You can blame the prompt but the onus will still always be you.

When you decide to work with a writing prompt do not think too hard about it or on it. Think of it as a brainstorming exercise for your writing skills. The idea is to free your mind and write whatever the prompt brings up. Your mind has a constant train of thought, use it now. It does not have to be witty and it does not need to be prolific. It does not even have to make sense. You may never use the end result or you may rewrite it on some cold day in January turning it into one of your best short stories or novellas.

Do not surf the internet looking for the perfect prompt. It does not exist. Take the first writing prompt you come across and do something with it. Make it work for you whether you like it or not.


Writing Prompt

Get ready to write before you read...

Here are ten words. Start writing incorporating the words in as you go along:

ear, director, framing, dating, regular, co-workers, stuck, cartoonish, double, leading.

Set your timer and for the next 15 to 20 minutes then write something using these ten words, and not all in one paragraph either.

If You Do Not Write Fiction - Check out these pages

Most of the prompts in the Write Prompts page are for people who write fiction although if you are uber creative you may find a way to journal or blog these prompts. If you are definitely interested in writing prompts for journaling or blogging please check out one of these pages.

  • Things to Blog About
    You get to the computer like you do every day, open up a fresh post to type something brilliant for your readers and suddenly you realize there is nothing there. Blank.Instead of writing something lame like, 'Nothing going on today... sooo bored', pi
  • Personal Journal Writing Prompts
    Whether you journal with pen or with a keyboard this list of journalling prompts will help keep you writing when you feel you have nothing to write about. Search the list until you find a prompt you feel like writing about then have a go at it. Don't

Writing Prompt

Get ready to write before you read...

Set a timer to write about the person, location and problem listed below for 20 minutes.

  • Leslie Vaine
  • In her car
  • Caught messaging and driving

When you are done write a completely different outcome to the same scenario.


Writing Prompt

Get ready to write before you read...

Write 300 words or more from the perspective of a sixteen year old named Anna-Beth Reimer and her hidden talent which makes her red in the face.


Writing Prompt

Get ready to write before you read...

Spend at least 15 minutes writing about your interpretation of this quote (or write a short story using this quote as a motto or path for your main character):

"The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable."

~ Paul Tillich

The Image Book

How to Use a Visual Prompt

Who, When, Why, What, Where, and How

Image writing prompts are a great way to stretch your creative energies whether you think you are a visual person or not. That being said, many people are at a loss on how to use photographs as a writing prompt.

Photographs provide a visual cue to help us get started. The great thing about them is that no one but the person who took the image or the person in the image really knows what was going on at the time the shudder closed. This opens the door of interpretation wide open. You could probably list at least five different scenarios for the image at right but chances are you will never hit the original event bang on (and you really do not want to) -- that makes reusing the same image kind of fun too.

When you are ready to use an image prompt, get your writing space ready to go, whether it is opening to a new page in a journal or creating a new document (save it before starting). Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and relax your shoulders and neck. Look at your image prompt.

Take in the image for two minutes noting major and minute details. If there are people in the image consider what they are doing alone or with someone else, consider the person taking the photo and what they were doing there and why they took the photos, what they were feeling. Consider the complete Who, When, Why, What, Where, and How very quickly. Then step outside the box of your thoughts i.e. image at right -- instead of the obvious, two children enjoying the day with their mother -- maybe they were being kidnapped by their mother and this was the only mode of transportation she had to cart them away. Look then use your creative mind to look again. Somewhere along your route pick a point and start writing. If you suddenly stop halfway through your writing return to your image again and ponder it for few moments.

The more you use photographs for writing prompts the quicker the story ideas will come. Like with any writing, it takes practice. Lucky for you, you can start with the weekly image prompt below.

This Week's Visual Prompt


Sometimes we need something a little visual to get our creative juices flowing. Study this week's image for two to three minutes then journal or write about it.

Photographer - Center for Jewish History. After you have written about this image take a journey over to the photographer's photostream for more inspiration.

Journal Magic

These books have been previously featured. They are still great books so do check them out either at your local library or at Amazon. I tried to keep the titles accurate so you should only have to copy and paste them into their search box to get the top results.

  • The Writer's Block: 786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination by Jason Rekulak
  • Journal Jumpstarts: Quick Topics and Tips for Journal Writing by Patricia Woodward
  • Unjournaling by Cheryl Miller Thurston and Dawn DiPrince
  • The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood
  • Pocket Muse 2: Endless Inspiration for Writers by Monica Wood
  • The Writer's Workout: 366 Tips, Tasks, & Techniques From Your Writing Career Coach by Christina Katz
  • Wide Open: Inspiration and Techniques for Art Journaling on the Edge by Randi Feuerhelm-Watts

Making Time for Writing

Eight Simple Ideas for More Writing TIme

Over the last seven or so years, the most common complaint I have heard from writers for their slack in writing is there are "not enough hours in the day". The hours are there, writers must fine tune their power of redirection to fit more writing in. We do it all the time for the things that are important to us. If writing is important to you then you must schedule it in and follow through. Sure there will be occasions where no writing will happen but for the most part even a little writing is doable.

Here are eight simple things you can do to make time for writing:

  • Get up 30 minutes earlier and use the 30 minutes for writing or editing a section of your previous day's writing.
  • Find a quiet place during your lunch hour and devote 15 minutes of your lunch to writing. The car is a good place. Or anywhere that has greenery. You are going to be surprised how much you can get done in 15 minutes. Seriously, set a timer right now and write for fifteen minutes to see how much you get done.
  • Hire a babysitter for 2 hours and give her explicit instructions that you are not to be disturbed. Offer her a bonus if she succeeds. Lock yourself in a room and write like a dynamo -- do not cheat by doing email or laundry during this time.
  • Skip your email today and write for fifteen minutes or however long it would take you to check and respond.
  • At the beginning of the day (or before going to bed the night before) pick a writing topic to work on throughout the day. Whenever you are standing in line or waiting refer yourself to this topic. Keep a notepad and pen in your purse (or man bag) to jot down relevant thoughts -- yes this is still considered writing!
  • If you are watching your favorite TV show, keep a pen and notebook by your side. When the commercial comes on put the TV on the mute. You have a good 3 to 4 minutes of writing/editing before it comes back on.
  • When you are preparing meals this week double the recipes. Divide and cook one meal tonight and freeze the other for next week. The time you saved can be spent writing next week for a whole week!
  • Stay up 30 minutes longer. Stop using the excuse that you are too tired at the end of the night. It is 30 minutes! If you absolutely cannot do 30 then do 15. Give yourself a specific short writing task to do like flesh out a character or scene. You might find that you can get a lot done in 30 minutes especially at nighttime when the house is quiet.

Happy Writing!

The Prompt Writer

Writer Feedback - Are the prompts helping you write?

Thank you for making The Write Prompts lens one of the best writing resources. I have enjoyed writing prompts for you for the last six years.

Before you go please leave a healthy dose of kudos! Here are a few other suggestions for comments:

* What is your favorite writing book?

* What kind of writing do you do?

* Who inspired you to write?


About the Prompt Writer

Moe has been working from home for the last eight years or so. She started off as an Editor for BellaOnline and it somehow ballooned into her own websites.

She has been the webmistress and moderator for a group of pleasant writers at since 2002 (OMG where does the time go). She started off writing prompts for members and well, you know the story of how she acquired this lens which then developed into a blog.

When she is not writing prompts, she writes about plus size fashion on her fashion blogs and

In her spare time she loves to read, crochet blankets, work in the garden, or practice her juggling skills (with real balls). She has been married for seventeen years and they share a bunch of furry critters she has also made lenses about.

Ten Things You Might Not Know About Moe

  • She is afraid of spiders -- panic attack throw things afraid -- there is usually screaming involved.
  • She makes a smoothie every morning without fail.
  • She broke her toe twice.
  • Her most overused words when writing are "but" and "so". Her most overused words when talking are "Oh My Gawd" and "Seriously?".
  • Her favorite color is blue.
  • She has a fondness for vampire and zombie movies (and TV shows).
  • It is her dream to live somewhere cool in the summer then move back home in the winter.
  • She has been in two car accidents, both not her fault.
  • Twitter (followed by Instagram and Facebook) has become her first choice for social networking (counselling may be needed).
  • You are more likely to reach her via email than by phone as she always checks her email but rarely answers the phone.


Niktravelfit on June 26, 2014:

Really great lens, thanks a lot for sharing.

inkedwriter lm on April 02, 2014:

Great lens...amazing how a single prompt word can get the creative juices flowing

Donna Cook on March 24, 2014:

Fabulous lens! I especially like "Making Time for Writing." Even though I'm retired, I still have to block out time for Squidoo. I don't have an organized prompt system yet. I'm still a newbie trying to clear my head of backed up thoughts.

luismmolina on March 08, 2014:

I would like to read more lenses around this topic. Thank you for the info.

Tasha Marie from Mahomet, Illinois on March 01, 2014:

This is a GREAT lens for writer to read. The prompt suggestions are great too! I like to write just about anything, but my favorites are - Non-Fiction Self Help books and (for Fiction) Inspirational Christian Mysteries!

kehsiberry on December 11, 2013:

Thanks for the wonderful lens. as always lenses in squidoo are very informative, people here have great ideas.

TerriCarr on December 09, 2013:

Nice lens. I think I do not usually feel interested in prompts because they seem more useful to fiction writing than non-fiction. However, I like your visual prompt. I also like the idea of freezing an extra meal each night for the following week. I sometimes freeze food for eating later but not in such an organized fashion.

alexisnilo on December 04, 2013:

I am happy to have found this page, I think I will learn a great deal of thing here. Thank you for sharing

TanjaCrouch on November 13, 2013:

Love this! Thank you. I'm going to frequent this page.

Barnez1 on October 12, 2013:

Great lens. So many useful tips to help developing writers extend their skills

Moe Wood (author) from Eastern Ontario on September 28, 2013:

@ruthclark3 lm: Thank you for saying so Ruth. I hope you enjoy the newsletter. In the coming weeks I will be moving it over to an updated format. Happy writing!

ruthclark3 lm on September 26, 2013:

Thank you for this excellent resource! I am pleased to have found you. As a new writer, I am hitting some blocks and this has already helped me. I also subscribed to your Writer Prompts.

tammywilliams09 on September 05, 2013:

Thanks for the prompts. Yes, picturesdo say a thousand words so writing on those would also be great. I am still new to writing but finding great books to use everyday.

nicey on August 19, 2013:

Thanks for the tutorial.

Ruthi on August 13, 2013:

I enjoy writing to prompts on occasion. Mostly, I have plenty of writing ideas in my head and on lists; just lack the time to write them all!

BlowDryBar on August 10, 2013:

This is so fun and I love the idea of it. This would also be helpful to students studying for the SAT. I think it would help them prepare for whatever the essay section might throw at them! Very cool!

stick-man lm on August 08, 2013:

Great ideas!

anonymous on August 07, 2013:

now all i have to do is start the first word...

rbnewman55 on August 05, 2013:

I love your bio. I am also a brilliant procrastinator.

rbnewman55 on August 05, 2013:

After reading this I realized that I have always used prompts but just didn't call them prompts.

Rosanna Grace on July 23, 2013:

Wonderful resource. Thank you :0)

Reichenbach on July 21, 2013:

Some of these ideas look as though they'll be a great help - thanks! :)

adammuller003 lm on July 17, 2013:

I love your lens!

(answering the above questions)

*My favorite book on writing is "If You Want To Write" by Brenda Ueland. For me it was one of the most enlightening books on the subject.

*I write blog posts for now (and lenses).

*Ernest Hemingway, Brenda Ueland, Steven Pressfield, Dave Eggers, Cornel West, Seth Godin...just to name a few.

What about you?

nicolekato on June 12, 2013:

Writing prompt information is great. I normally don't use them for my poetry, but I often use them for blog post ideas.

SquidJenn on June 09, 2013:

Love writing prompts! Such a great way to start in creative writing, when you don't know what to write about.

pepys on June 06, 2013:

Great ideas here - and I am taking the June challenge.

geosum on April 17, 2013:

Great lens. I can use some of this when I'm working on lenses.

nifwlseirff on April 08, 2013:

Prompts certainly help when facing a blank page and a lack of inspiration! Plus they also serve as good ideas for my English conversation classes!

sarasentor lm on March 10, 2013:

I love to spend time on great lens, like you made i love it.

dumpstergourmet on March 05, 2013:

This is great! Loved this lens and am looking forward to spending more time gleaning your advice and wisdom!

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on March 04, 2013:

I will admit to being the one who voted "What's a prompt?" Ok now I have a much better idea. I am also one who voted a combination of all three on the poll about writing types, but I am definitely not a poet. So I mostly do fiction and non-fiction. Mostly non-fiction on Squidoo, since I mainly write about things I know about.

Thanks for the great tips. I'll come back here when I get stuck.


Malu Couttolenc on February 20, 2013:

Thank you so so much for this helpful article, I subscribed to write prompt blog. I have never used a prompt for my writing but now I will not have any problems to get an idea to get started :)

jadp27 on February 14, 2013:

i procrastinate too.. bookmarked your lens for later kiddin

ysc on February 06, 2013:

Thanks BigGirlBlue for this article. Even expert writer get stuck sometimes and these tips are very useful. I recently wrote article ( on how to generate ideas for short story writing and then I found this comprehensive article. I strongly believe that systematic approach and discipline can provide much needed bias for the writing and overcome any temporary mental block. Appreciate your comment on my article - Thank you

makorip lm on January 22, 2013:

Great tips as we all seem get blocked and stuck. God lens

Jo-Jackson on December 18, 2012:

Finding time to write is the big problem for me - you have given me some good ideas here.

Kay on November 27, 2012:

I homeschool my children and use writing prompts for them. I hadn't considered trying it myself though. Thanks!

WriterJanis2 on November 22, 2012:

These are great ideas to your writing started.

colgrym on October 23, 2012:

This is a wonderful lens, thank you so much for all your hard work

anonymous on October 13, 2012:

thanks for the prompts hard work appreciated

Moe Wood (author) from Eastern Ontario on August 17, 2012:

@Margaret Schindel: Thanks! It needs all the help it can get.

Margaret Schindel from Massachusetts on August 17, 2012:

This is a terrific resource for writers! Blessed.

anonymous on August 15, 2012:

"BIC-HOK-TAM" is the big take-away for me. I love that! I'm going to begin using that to motivate myself to write more. All Squidoo lensmasters would benefit from reading this lens. Thanks for sharing it with us.

KashRiz on August 08, 2012:

informative and great tips...thanks

John Dyhouse from UK on August 04, 2012:

I am new to writing and do not yet lay claim to a favourite writing book; I am absorbing tips, ideas and inspiration from so many sources. I am writing poetry for now, I used to write songs (lyrics) when I was a youngster but am now rediscovering poetry. I have always wanted to express myself in many different artistic ways. I am inspired by so many people.

MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose from Washington State on August 02, 2012:

Thunder and Lightning, by Natalie Goldberg. Stories, poems, articles. Jr. High Teacher. Great Lens! Thanks for all the wonderful prompts!

bilafond lm on July 19, 2012:

Some very good tips. Thank you for this lens

Allison Whitehead on July 18, 2012:

Excellent lens, well done. I feel more inspired than ever!

GaelicQueen on July 03, 2012:

I am bookmarking this page! Thanks for all the inspirations!

marketingtoolsguy on July 02, 2012:

You betcha!

raelcalu on June 24, 2012:

This was very interesting and helpful...i never realize Ive been doing prompts all my life (i mean when I write)...when I see certain people and events...when I heard a line in the tv or a movie...when i read a book.

great lens...

anonymous on April 28, 2012:

This was so helpful :) Prompts have always sparked my creativity.

danielmccarthy lm on April 22, 2012:

Thanks for these, I needed to give things a bit of a kickstart!

NumberCruncher on April 16, 2012:

I've never used writing prompts per se, but I enjoy writing to themes, and writing topical material which I suppose does much of the same thing - by giving your creativity something to spark off.

anonymous on April 05, 2012:

Love this helpful lens.. Thank you so much for your gorgeous tribute. Have wonderful times.. always.. dear lady :)

anonymous on April 01, 2012:

a helpful lens. Great job

PamelaU on March 31, 2012:

Brilliant lens - I'm supposed to be working on something now!

aruraza on March 24, 2012:

Great very useful and informative lens, thanks.

ginayonque on March 13, 2012:

I love writing these ideas surely help me in my desire to write more

JimDickens on March 13, 2012:

Absolutely wonderful lens.

TerryBain on March 12, 2012:

Nicely done. I'm kind of a writing prompts aficionado, and run my own prompt blog over at tumblr called Write One Leaf, where I have something like 18,000 followers. Check it out: Blessings!

Cheryl Kohan from England on March 11, 2012:

I just checked and the last time I commented on this lens was in 2009!! It's a great lens which is why I have it bookmarked. Good stuff like this is timeless.

Moe Wood (author) from Eastern Ontario on March 05, 2012:

@RobynBradleyWriter: Thanks! That is a great site, I could stay there for hours. LOL

Moe Wood (author) from Eastern Ontario on March 05, 2012:

@Gypzeerose: Thanks! Happy writing!

Moe Wood (author) from Eastern Ontario on March 05, 2012:

@7thStone: Thanks. I think the security words are hilarious. They always seem incredibly timed to what I am looking at too.

7thStone on March 05, 2012:

Great lens! Thanks for all of this inspiring information (I'm checking out your "Book-in-a-Week" link). I love writing, it ebbs and flows with me ... there have been periods where I'm prolific, times where I'm frustrated, and times when it seems I just don't have time. I'm sure you know exactly what I mean :) Have a great day! (does anyone else find the security words particularly funny? They nearly always make me laugh)

Rose Jones on March 04, 2012:

This is exactly what I need for today! I am trying to jump start my fiction, to really sing my song. Sitting down to a blank page is hard. I would have read carefully through this lens, but you told us not to do this: so I have bookmarked it to come back to. Angel Dusted for sure.

RobynBradleyWriter on March 03, 2012:

Great prompts -- I especially like the word-a-day prompts and visual prompts. A great place where I get ideas from is the Post Secret site. Combines visuals and a secret -- what a perfect way to start a story! :)

Nick-The-Novelist on February 29, 2012:

Totally bookmarked this page, I'll be coming back often. Writer's block is a mighty beast, but this page might just make it that little bit easier to beat!

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin on February 27, 2012:

Very helpful writing resource.

Hellus on February 18, 2012:

Prompts are always a great thing! They offer up considerable possibilities and get the creative side humming with energy! This is a GREAT lens! Do keep up the wonderful work! Prompts are a window for those who feel uinspired and think there are no ideas out there! Bravo!

JayEle on February 15, 2012:

Thank you, and great lens that is very applicable to this site

Edutopia on February 12, 2012:

Even the most creative among us end up with stretches of brain farts and a writing prompt can be a great way to jump start the creativity up again and get your pen flowing. Great lens.

ifuturz on February 09, 2012:

Great Lens

kathysart on January 23, 2012:

Ohh ya know what is so cool about this? I didn't really know anything about this except now I do realize that I do use words or a song or moods to "prompt" me to write. The cool thing is that one of the books you featured from Amazon I JUST BOUGHT! "Taking Flight" YAY. Angel blessed lens for sure!!

myamya on January 20, 2012:

Great lens! Thank you for posting!thumbs up

MaryQuinlin on January 14, 2012:

Back for the second time--very nicely done!

Stand4Jesus2 on January 07, 2012:

Extremely informative lens. Thank you.

sheezie77 on January 06, 2012:

I really enjoy reading your lens! Just keep up the great work!

homesteadinglif on January 03, 2012:

This lens if remarkable. I love the red letters, stars and yellow highlighting

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on January 02, 2012:

Very useful. I found measuring of progress most challenging. Thanks for ideas!

Ericastanciu on December 30, 2011:

The visual prompt made me laugh

Puppet LM on December 28, 2011:

Awesome lens. Thank you.

jadehorseshoe on December 21, 2011:

This lens is JAM-PACKED with useful tips.

anonymous on December 14, 2011:

As someone who is trying to become a better writer, I'm glad i found this excellent lens!

anonymous on December 07, 2011:

Awesome lens! I'm a writer too (just got my first book published - "Grace Through Every Tiral"). This is a great lens!

fugeecat lm on December 07, 2011:

I've never used prompts to write with before. I'll try it and see if it helps me.

Laraine Sims from Lake Country, B.C. on December 01, 2011:

Now I'm wondering why I never found this lens before. Very helpful! Blessings!

ekkoautos on November 29, 2011:

it's a challenge if people want to write a great prompt, thanks for the tips

C A Chancellor from US/TN on November 26, 2011:

I need to start using these... I need something to get me back into writing, and prompts used to help inspire me. Thanks for sharing!

michellekurt77 on November 21, 2011:

Yaaay, nice challenging writing prompts..

Frugal Bride on November 19, 2011:

Great idea! Thank you :) I'm going to go ahead and try to use the prompts right now.

gottaloveit2 on November 17, 2011:

I don't suppose anyone would have writers block with you around! What an important and inspirational page for us internet writers. Really well done. Bookmarked and will revisit!

zkajune on November 12, 2011:

Thank you very much.. I'll try my best..

markettrol on November 11, 2011:

Great info and lens....thanks

jtmcwill on November 08, 2011:

Thanks for the prompts.

HuntAndFishGuides on November 03, 2011:

Wow, this is a really brilliant lens! I've never heard of a write prompt before, but I can see how it certainly would help break the writer's block I face. You are a Godsend!

Quirkyart on October 27, 2011:

Nice collection of books and prompts. Sometimes it's a good idea to unfocus on what you are currently writing, so that you can come back to it with a fresh look.

diaperbagdiva lm on October 20, 2011:

Sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration...thanks for the lens!

CreativeExpress on October 13, 2011:

Very clever! Thanks for sharing. I'll be revisiting this lens...