This is a writing prompt from Aurealis Award-nominated sci-fi writer Marianne de Pierres.

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After twenty years as an author, images are still my strongest writing prompt. That's why I love Pinterest so much. It's nice to have one easy place to collect pictures of space ships, food, candles, artefacts, birds and … whatever, really.

I challenge any writers out there to go to my COOL AND WEIRD STUFF or my INSPIRE ME board and not find something that excites their writerly brain.

Here’s a picture just to get you going!

Marianne de Pierres is the author of the popular Parrish Plessis trilogy, the award-winning Sentients of Orion science fiction series, and the genre-bending Peacemaker Western/urban fantasy series. Marianne has also authored children’s and young adult stories, notably the Night Creatures trilogy, a dark fantasy series for teens. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and three galahs. Marianne also writes award-winning crime under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt.

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Sam van Zweden was Writers Bloc’s Online Editor from 2013 - 2015. A Melbourne-based writer and blogger, her work has appeared in The Big Issue, Voiceworks, Tincture Journal, Page seventeen, and others. She’s passionate about creative nonfiction and cross stitch. She tweets @samvanzweden.