I just returned from an extended train trek across Canada, and a 5000 mile driving tour along America's most scenic byways. The deserted cabin in the photo above, taken from a rail car in Canada's Alberta Province, piqued my interest. Who would build a ranch dwelling so close to the railway? Why did they come to such a dry and desolate land? How long did they manage to eke out a living before departure? Where did they go?
All of these questions clearly cannot be answered by this single image, so this lack opens the door for fiction writers to have a go at creating an intriguing story, one which takes away the breath and stops hearts. I've always been drawn to real life stories of people placed in challenging circumstances, and somehow enduring. What inspires you?