The Style section recently pointed out that, right now, clowns are everywhere — on social media, in the movies, on television, and even on fashion runways.

So here’s a challenge: Write the opening paragraph of a story with a clown in it. It can be a true story, or one you make up, and your clown can be creepy and evil, or friendly and fun.

Post your story in the comments, then read the related article if you’d like more clown content.

Find many more ways to use our Picture Prompt feature in this lesson plan. You can find all our Picture Prompts in this column.