Writing prompts, which are by their very nature “fresh” and different, help me to stay out of a writing rut. The ones I like the best have variety built into them: different genres, subjects, formats, tones and approaches. Some are intended to inspire new material for a current project, and others are tools for exploring a completely new piece.
One of my favorite writing books is The Write Brain Workout, which has a new prompt on each page, and is full of large color images (I’ve included three here), which automatically rev up my creativity and sense of fun.
I haven’t always, but lately I’ve been forcing myself to do each writing prompt in order, whether it’s one that appeals to me or not.
On a recent holiday / writing retreat, I ended up writing a piece that left the character no choice but to dredge up sad and difficult memories. I guarantee that I would not have chosen to do that on my own! I resisted at first, but felt it was necessary to write outside of the box, and I’m actually glad I did.
Also on my holiday, I wrote pieces guided by the following prompts from two other favorite books, Creative Writing Activities and The Writer’s Book of Matches:
Write a make-believe conversation between you and something in nature.
“Why do you have ten jars of Easy Cheese in your cart?”
They may go nowhere.
But they gave hours of enjoyment, made me think deeper than usual, and did a lot to shake the dust off my creativity!
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