Writing prompts are a great way to inspire your creative process and generate interesting ideas for your novel.
Because I’ve been there: wondering what topics to write about or if your imagination is as cool as you think it is, and then coming up with… nada.
Not exactly a confidence-booster.
But as always, you are not alone in this. The pressure to produce is heavy, and a massive reason why writing is so difficult. You are literally creating an entire world, whether fiction or real, for a stranger to invest in. And your brain comes up with… nada??
Gimme a break.
A lot of people have told me they want to quit writing because of this pressure. Whether you’re in that same boat, want to explore new ideas, or are just looking for a solid creative writing exercise, you could definitely use a good ol’ writing prompt!
Writing prompts are effective because they remove the pressure of a blank slate. Although the blank page may be there, you no longer feel the pressure to come up with the ‘perfect’ idea from your very own brain. You’re no longer placing high expectations on yourself, but rather thinking, how can I make this cheesy line of dialogue actually sound good? I can write the hell out of that conflict! *brushes off shoulder and proceeds to be magnificent*
That’s the beauty of it: prompts allow you to formulate ideas from something external, not internal. And it changes everything about the creative writing process.
One line of dialogue, a scene flash, or just 4 little words, and your brain will automatically begin to fill in the blanks. I love word list prompts in particular because they give you the barest bones of a story and still your brain instantly wants to construct the context. Just like that, you’re no longer stuck at square 1.
So, I invite you to surrender to the awesomeness of writing prompts. Sit down comfortably, grab a reservoir of chocolate and pat yourself on the back for already being magnificent. Let your expectations drift away, and write!
These are my 11 word prompts I wanted to share with you. Choose your favorite, pick one at random, or write out one every day, whatever works for you!
Just promise me one thing: explore your creative writing process and open yourself to the possibilities. No pressure here 🙂
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