Creative Writing Prompts

Looking to do some creative writing this holiday season, but having a case of the old writer’s block?  That’s where writing prompts come in.

I use writing prompts for two reasons myself.  First of all, it’s a great way to come up with ideas for stories and concepts.  Its fun to actually give the same prompt to a number of people, and compare where you go with it — the same basic prompt can lead to vastly different stories, as different writers have different takes on the same subject.  After all, the prompt “extinct creatures go on a rampages after being brought back to life using DNA from fossilized remains” could lead to both Jurassic Park and the first Pokemon movie.  Seeing where different minds take the same basic idea is a fun game to pass the time.

Secondly, prompts are a good exercise before writing what you actually intend to write.  It’s hard to start writing when faced with a blank page, and sometimes, you need to kickstart your creative juices.  Ten minutes writing on a prompt is like stretching before running a race; it’s a way to get those writing muscled primed and ready to go for the actual writing that counts.  It doesn’t even have to be the same genre — if you have an essay due, and can’t find the energy to get into it, sometimes a brief writing exercise will help get you into the right frame of mind for writing.

It’s also a good way to build up your writing habits.  It’s like lifting weights every day — do that, and you’ll soon be lifting larger and larger weights.  Similarly, spending time writing every day is a good way to end up writing faster and better, and prompts are a great way to get that going.

There are dozens of places where you can find writing prompts — from the serious to the silly.  Pick some out and give them a try today!

And, if that writing prompt turns into something  you want to develop, you can stop by Wordsmith Essays’ order page.  We’ll give constructive feedback and editing to your new manuscript.  Check us out today!


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