When I took my writing workshops at BSU, our professor would give us prompts and constraints to work in – for one paper, she said that we could only use one exclamation point – to help us with our writing.
This is why I personally like prompts. The allow a certain freedom. Prompts give us enough director to be able to start writing, but they don’t limit us if our minds go off in a different direction.
Now, since we can’t have people giving us writing prompts, here is a list of places in which you can find some prompts:
- The WordPress Writing Challenges. This category on the WordPress site gives you a weekly challenge.
- EBOOK: 365 Writing Prompts. Although this ebook is geared to give you a writing prompt for each day of 2014, you can definitely find prompts that’ll work for you.
- Creative Writing Prompts. Here’s several pages of writing prompts from the website Writer’s Digest
- The Website: Creative Writing Prompts. This website has 346 prompts for you.
- The twitter account Writing Prompt. This twitter account seems to send out tweets to just simply inspire some writing.
Now, some of the things I do for writing prompts are:
- Take a conversation I’ve overhead -alright, eavesdropped on – to help get me started or help get me over writer’s block/
- Since I like to people watch from time to time, I make up a story about the people I see. I usually try to take notes or keep enough of a mental image so that I can write about it later.
- I have a document just fir great one-liners or brief conversations so that if and when I come to a need for conversation, I have some dialogue. Or I will use the conversations I come up with to create a longer story .
Now clearly, there are more places that you can get prompts. When I did a simple search for “Writing Prompts” in books, I got over 5,000 hits.