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Image Props for Stories #5 – Love Bug, Dog/Cat, and Love letter

“Image Props for Stories #5: Love Bug, Dog/Cat, Love letter” by Joan Y. Edwards

Today I invite you to write about Valentine’s Day, the way you wish a Valentine’s Day had been for you or about the most heinous character you can think of who doesn’t want to be touched by love, but is forever changed by one Valentine’s Day experience.

Here are a few pictures to inspire you:

Bee like creature with a heart on his belly

Looking for Love – © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards and her licensors

Dog holding and hugging orange cat

Love Is Awesome When You Find it – © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards and her licensors

fountain pen lying on love letter

Love Letter – © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards and her licensors

Here’s a sample of the beginning paragraph of a story using these props. I enjoy writing stories to go along with the props.  It’s fun for me. See if you can add one or more of these props to your own manuscripts. You can give it emotional significance to a character. Then if it was lost, broken, or stolen, it would add inner conflict for your character.

Joan Y. Edwards wrote:

Hank Rupert came home from work. He sat down in the easy chair in the living room to catch the evening news.  His wife left him three weeks ago.  She took their collie, Rusty, with her. He missed that dog. He missed Stella, too. He sent her a long love letter to her office. It was his last chance to get her back.

What had happened to their love? He remembered when she would help him take the honey from the beehives on his dad’s farm. Now the bees had disappeared. And so had Stella’s love for him.

He heard a scratching and whimpering at the back door. When he opened the door, Rusty jumped up on him and started licking his face.  Stella walked up to the door. “Rusty missed you. So I brought him back.”

Hank said, “Would you come back, too? I miss you.”

Stella said, “We can talk about it.”

Hank stood up straight, “I would like that very much.”


Here are links to my whole series on Props for Stories:

  1. Joan Y. Edwards. “Props for Characters: Toys, Games, and Other Items:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/props-for-characters-toys-games-and-other-items/
  2. Joan Y. Edwards. “Image Props for Stories #1:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/image-props-for-stories-1-all-that-was-left-a-stapler-a-money-bag-and-a-bird-ornament/
  3. Joan Y. Edwards. “Image Props for Stories #2:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/image-props-for-stories-2-bananas-scissors-a-vacuum-cleaner-and-a-ferris-wheel/
  4. Joan Y. Edwards. “Image Props for Stories #3:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/image-props-for-stories-3-a-basketball-a-pillow-and-a-pair-of-boots/
  5. Joan Y. Edwards. “Image Props for Stories #4:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/image-props-for-stories-4-a-remote-control-a-basket-of-flowers-and-a-bandage/
  6. You are reading this one. Joan Y. Edwards. “Image Props for Stories #5:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/image-props-for-stories-5-love-bug-dogcat-and-love-letter/
  7. Joan Y. Edwards. “Image Props for Stories #6:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/image-props-for-stories-6-coffee-maker-earphones-and-a-lamp/
  8. Joan Y. Edwards. “Image Props for Stories #7:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/image-props-for-stories-7-pay-phone-blue-wildflowers-and-fast-moving-river/

Thank you for reading my blog.

Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards and her licensors.


2 Responses

  1. Joan,

    I’m not writing to offer another segment to your story. Hopefully others will take up your challenge. I find it helpful that you started the story for your readers.

    I just wanted to have a little fun with the lovebug prompt. This is what came to mind: Lovebugs–not be be confused with ladybugs or bedbugs.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, I’m glad you liked the love bug. I do hope he wouldn’t be confused with the bed bug or the lady bug. You are funny! Thanks for sharing that. Thanks for writing. Thanks for saying you like that I started the story. Happy Valentine’s Day!

      Joan Dream! Love! Laugh! Never Give Up. Joan Y. Edwards http://www.joanyedwards.com http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com


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