Writing Wednesday (8) - Writing Prompts

Disclaimer: I'm not an author nor am I an editor or any kind of expert. I only can share my aspiring adventures with you, but I do hope, it'll help many other aspiring writers and we can go along the road together. :)

Writing is not (only) talent, but also practise. A lot of practise actually. Like about 20% talent, 80% practise. Fortunately though, it's very easy to practise writing, or at least you have a rather wide variety of availabilities in the matter - every time you blog, write an essay, a letter, a fan-fiction or, say, a novel you improve your writing style and voice.

However, writers are usually not only writers, but rather busy worker men and women who possess little time whilst writing any of the ones above take muh time to complete. It's nothing we couldn't resollve though. One of the most excellent ways of practising writing is writing prompts. Not only do they help you better your writing, but they also help when you are out of ideas and later you can even build the written scenes in your strory. What's more, they are so much more fun than essays, aren't they?

So what's a writing promp exactly?

A writing prompt is simply a topic around which you start jotting down ideas. The prompt could be a single word, a short phrase, a complete paragraph or even a picture, with the idea being to give you something to focus upon as you write. You can stick very closely to the original prompt or you can wander off at a tangent.

It's up to you whether you just come up with rough, disjointed notes or you end up with something more polished and complete, a scene or even a complete story. The point is to simply start writing without being held back by any inhibitions or doubts.

Examples of writing prompts: 

  1. He turned on the lights. Something was off.
  2. The car skidded to a screeching halt.
  3. What if....
  4. Frozen.
  5. This is what I'm going to do. Period.
  6. It's usually not permitted here.
  7. Water was everywhere.
  8. Bright colors.
  9. Over and over again.
  10. Ugly.

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