Brian A. Klems, a writer for Writer’s Digest, wrote an interesting piece on writing prompts. In “7 Creative Writing Prompts To Spark Your Writing,” he explains how prompts help him when he’s stuck on a blank page.
But did you know writing prompts can genuinely help improve your writing? There’s a reason the number one advice for writers is to exercise that writing hand: you only get better with time. Much like a sport, writing all the time makes it easier, forces you go explore other word choices, and encourages improvement.
In Klems’ words:
“Writing prompts come in all shapes and sizes, but, most important, they force us to take a premise and find creative avenues to turn it into a story. They allow you to break out of funk you’ve been trapped in and enter an entirely different arena—likely one that you hadn’t considered before.”
Creative Writing Prompt Highlights
The thing about creative writing prompts is that there isn’t a wrong way to go about it. You can keep it at a typical 500 words if that makes it easier to squeeze into a hectic lifestyle. Or, you can elaborate on it if you have a little more time.
A creative writing prompt like the one he poses, “It’s time for you and Writer’s Block to part ways. Write a letter breaking up with Writer’s Block, starting out with, “Dear Writer’s Block, it’s not you, it’s me … .”
Something as simple as this can turn rather emotional if you drag in elements from real-life relationships of the past. It could even lead to something rather funny. It might bring back memories of that person you still can’t believe you ever dated!
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