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WRITING: Writing Prompts

18 Jan

I’m really good at having ideas, generally speaking. All the time, I’m being hit from left field by ideas for things to write about. Admittedly, I have about seven or eight ideas that I squeeze and cobble together with the new ideas to make them even better (I hope!).

The thing is, sometimes I’m waiting for that spark. I was lucky enough to get that spark with my NaNoWriMo novel, and I’m hoping to get it with the next novel I plan to write, since it still needs to be plotted and tweaked and revised before I even begin writing.

So, occasionally, I will start cheating.

I use creative writing prompts. They’re amazing. They don’t always seem totally relevant to what you’re writing at the time. But if you try to write a short story, for example, based on one of the writing prompts you encounter, you may create a character or a setting that is perfect for a bigger project. Try it, I dare you. Here are some links to some great creative writing prompt websites:

If you get a short story, or a novel or an epic poem or anything else out of these prompts, let me know!! I would love to check it out! Drop me an email or a comment, and let me know if you’re taking the prompt plunge!

WRITING: writing prompts

4 Dec

I’m writing the last chapter of my NaNoWriMo novel. By writing, I mean getting a page in, erasing it all and starting all over again. Numerous times. The thing is, I’m not entirely sure why I’m unable to finish this book. I don’t know if it’s because NaNoWriMo is over and the push for those 1,667 words is over. It could be that I just can’t tame the perfectionist inside. Maybe I’m just too excited to start my next project. Or, maybe, it’s that I’ve entered the denouement of my novel, and I just don’t want it to end (or I’m finding things less interesting now that the climax has passed).

The point, is that this isn’t the first time I’ve been stuck while crafting a story. Though this obstacle is internal, that doesn’t mean my brain can’t be sparked by something external. So, this wouldn’t be first time I ever turned to a writing prompt. Though they aren’t all great, sometimes all you need is a combination of items or, just the seed of an idea to get your motor revving and your brain moving.

Whether you need to start, or finish.

Today’s goal: finish the NaNoWriMo novel. Tomorrow’s goal: not look at my computer screen at all. (except, you know, to check Twitter, email, Tumblr, Facebook, and Pinterest. Sigh.) Check out the list of writing prompts below! Let me know if any of them inspire you!

  • These writing prompts are from Writer’s Digest! Always interesting and diverse!
  • These are from creativewritingprompts.com! I chose by my favorite number, and then picked any with my number in it. Do it however you want!
  • Lastly, I recently found¬†this awesome Tumblr, by Luke Neff! That the prompts are illustrated only makes it more wonderful!