I truly believe that a story can be found anywhere. Yes, literally everywhere. Take a look at this picture. What do you see happening around it? What story can come from it? Here are a few prompts to help you get started.
- What if a famous outlaw was hung from his tree?What was the story that led to that event?
- Maybe a famous battle was fought there and the tree saw it all. What would it tell you?
- This could have been the tree where a queen met her lover. Who and what was going on that might have changed all of history?
- A chest is found with a diary in it. What it reveals takes the finder on a hunt to solve a century year old mystery of murder and betrayal.
- The remains of a child are found when the tree is ripped from the ground during a storm. Who was the child and how did it die?
- A strange sign is burned into the trunk of the old tree where everyone can see. Many think it is a sign from the grave. Others think it is a warning from a cult. Maybe it is a call for help?
- What if this tree was the portal to the underworld? Through this tree every kind of spirit comes to this earth.
- The tree is the spirit of Merlin trapped. One person finds themselves able to see the wizard within and tries to free him.
- Here is where a group of elves meet on the night of the full moon. Their agenda? To take over the world.
- An evil spirit was destroyed and its remains buried under the tree. Anyone trying to help rejuvenate the tree would release the spirit.
- A secret note to a lover is carved into a tree,but the wrong person reads it.
- What stories can the tree tell of romances it has watched begin, flourish, and die?
- It is here that a woman comes to write in her journal about her love life and discover more of who she really is.
- There was something evil buried beneath this tree during the Salem Witch Trials. Construction workers bring in a new road, cut down the tree and release the that will terrorize Old Salem Village.
- Horror was frozen within this tree. When the tree is touched by a hurting heart, it is awakened and will consume all after it takes the heart and makes it its own.
- A tree with a soul? How about a dark soul that wants to become human and exact more horror than anyone can imagine?
- Two kids bury a secret under the limbs only to have it revealed when a storm uproots the old tree. Along with it comes secrets from the town that have been hidden for generations.
- Within the branches of this tree, a young boy entering manhood discovers a place to hide. What he doesn’t know is that it is also a place for others to meet and share secrets.
- The tree his great-great-grandfather planted has been struck by lightening. The decision to tear the tree down might just tear the family apart who has buried hurts that arise to the surface.
- What if the small creatures living in and around the tree can talk? What if they tell a small child wise words to help him get through the tough times in life?
- The tree is dead but when the wood is used for a campfire, a group of children find themselves encountering a magical world like nothing they have ever seen.
- A young boy helps his grandfather cut down an old tree. When the tree falls and traps his the man, the young boy finds himself having to rise up and save the day.
- What are creative ways to use dead wood around the house for decorating, tools, and more?
- How can you make picture frames out of old tree bark and/or limbs?
- What are superstitions surrounding trees?
- What happens when an old tree falls onto the church? Decisions have to be made on how to fix the situation. But what really happens is the true healing of a church that has been covering up pain for years.
- Taking down an old tree by the church building reveals a long buried secret that could destroy a church.
- What if evil spirits resided in an old tree that sits upon an old burial ground.
- The meeting place for two spies is beneath this tree. They both show up on time, but one is bleeding and utters one word, “Loreley”. What does it mean, and is the other spy targeted as well?
- A secret message found inside a section of a downed tree has a group of friends searching for buried treasure.
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- The wood from this tree creates magical wands that are more powerful than any other. It is hidden deep within a mountain. Now someone is determined to destroy it.
- Deep within the tree lives a family of goblins who like to steal things including children.
- Only the leaves from this tree can ward off evil spirits. Now the last one is dead. What will the land do? Can they find another?
- The trees are dying, yet are they? For each one that dies, those that killed it suddenly end up dead.
- A serial killer has decided to use the tree has the place to display his trophies to the community.
- When a dead tree falls across the road, one family encounters a man they wish they had never met. They find themselves running for their lives in the dark woods.
- The last sacred tree on a distant planet is cut down. Can the natives survive or are they going to fall as well?
- Due to mutation and scientists playing with the genetic makeup of trees, many begin to take on a life of their own and determined to create a world of just trees.
- A mysterious tree has begun to grow on a distant planet. It is a native of earth, but the first earthlings have just arrived. where did it come from?
- A woman and her elderly mother set out to grow a garden near this tree. It turns into an opportunity to discuss the past and how it has impacted their future.
- One family has many memories under this old tree. When it dies, they have to face how much it meant to them.
- The tree planted by one patriarch is dying. How far will the family go to save it, and can they save themselves?