A picture is worth a thousand words, but even the most mundane piece of art can inspire thoughts worth a million more.
Picture prompts are a thing now, by the way. Each Sunday, the daily picture prompt will be colored. Each picture will illustrate one or more ideas or themes that you can run with.
With today being the exception, I’ll rarely, if ever, use characters from my own work. Most characters or creatures will be generic, or at least not tied to any existing stories.