I love writing prompts—they’re a heck of a lot of fun to come up with. In my efforts to blog more regularly (aren’t you folks lucky 😉 ) I’ve decided to designate every other Wednesday as “Writing Prompt Wednesday.” I hope you’ll find them useful and that they jump start your creativity; they certainly have for me. Since my first writing prompt post, I’ve written a couple of flash fiction pieces that I’ve then submitted: one to an anthology and one to a contest. Instead of keeping these prompts tucked away somewhere on my computer, I thought I’d share them with all of you.
- The peeling wallpaper revealed . . .
- Kevin said a prayer and took a step . . .
- She wore it just to . . .
- All this time she thought she was being clever.
- Anyone could see it didn’t fit.
- She loosened the screws on the . . .
- I saw it coming, but no one . . .
- The fire burned . . .
Look familiar? That’s right, it’s a blank document. For many of us writers, that’s the stuff of nightmares—you know, the one where you’ve been paper cut to death by a swarm of rejection letters? That’s the one. Well, it’s an all-too common problem many us could live without. Oftentimes, instead of having this wordless screen stare back at me with a “Uhm, hello? I’m blank. You going to write something on me, or what?” I’ll close the laptop. Ha! Take that! Although that’s typically unproductive . . . unless I pick up a pen and a pad of paper. At times, I find I’m more productive when I go Old School and write on paper; it’s less intimidating than a blank Word Doc. But then what?
Get writing. Dennis Palumbo, author and former screenwriter, who spoke at the Jackson Hole Writer’s Conference a few years back said, “Writing begets writing.” Turns out, he’s right. However, when you need a hand to get going, story starters or writing prompts can help wake the muse. Here’s a few to try out:
- Emma knocked on the door and immediately regretted it.
- Ben hated what he had to say next.
- Had he been conscious, he probably would have said . . .
- “It won’t hurt a bit,” she told him.
- Most of the time I keep my promises, but . . .
- I thought I had more time, but the doorbell rang . . .
- She held out the box. “No, you open it.”
- She/He/It slipped in through the front door unnoticed.
- They didn’t believe me at first.
- Daniel thought she was crazy when she first told him . . .
- I tried to give back [fill in the blank] but he told me to keep it/them.
- Eric wanted to take the words back the second he said them.
- It went completely against his nature, but he had no choice but to . . .
- He walked in and saw her sitting with . . .
The following two prompts come from The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood:
- I could have avoided all that trouble if I had only remembered to . . .
- Seven days ago [fill in the blank]. Now, no one will talk to me.
Okay, now it’s time to take my own advice and write.
Do you have some writing prompts? Please, do share in the comments below.