Writing Prompts, What Do you Think?

“There is no creativity in a vacuum.” I really believe that. I search for the best models to emulate, I look for inspiration in everything that I do. Life is too short, and the world too small to reinvent everything–I want to leverage what is available to me.

For all of those reasons, I love writing prompts. I may not actually use the sentence or two that I read from time to time–but I let my mind wander over the thoughts and implications of the writing prompt. Sometimes, it kick-starts my thought process and I am off and running. And other times it is a distraction that I didn’t need. But usually it is a needed break from what I was doing and a great way to start rolling on all four wheels again.


Because I like writing prompts, I wanted to share some that I found.

These come from Charlotte Dixon, read the whole thing here: http://www.wordstrumpet.com/2015/01/inventive-writing-prompt-round-up-25.html .

Inventive Writing Prompt Round-up #25

Here is the latest collection of posts from my Tumblr blog.  There’s more prompts here.  And you can download a whole book of them here.  Oh yeah, and there’s one less prompt than usual because last Sunday we drove to Seattle and back (eight hours total in the car) to attend the 100th birthday party of my husband’s aunt.  It was a glorious day, reconnecting with cousins and visiting with said aunt.  But I totally forgot about doing a prompt.

#171  He hated when he overslept.  Because, there was nothing you could do about it—that time was lost.  Lost to sleep.  So to make sure it never happened, he….

#172  It was a crushing disappointment.  What does your main character do to recover?

#173  Use the words hoar frost, purple, poem and beast in a sentence.  Then use that sentence as a prompt.

#174  “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”  Annie Dillard. How does your main character spend his/her days?

#175  Write about the resolution your character has kept.  Now write about the resolution he/she has broken.  Why does he want to accomplish those things in the first place?  What stands in the way of her doing them?

#176 She was tired.  So tired.  And she dealt with being tired the way she always did.  First, she …..

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