Many moons ago, I used to offer a ton of writing prompts. I wrote a tumblr blog called Inventive Writing Prompts (nobody ever said I was good at names, oh and I just checked and it is long gone). I’ve written a writing prompts book (please go look at it because nobody else ever does). And, if memory serves, I had a writing prompt Saturday feature for a couple of years. Gah! How did I ever keep up with that?
But, in my newsletter this week (you can sign up to the right if you’d like to get it–it’s a love letter about all the aspects of writing) I had a moment of panic when I thought nobody was reading what I was writing. That turned out not to be true, thank you all my lovely readers. And in that same newsletter I asked for suggestions. One lovely person suggested writing prompts. Duh! The light bulb went off in my head–I used to do writing prompts in my newsletter, too. I’m not going to do them there, but I am going to try to do a writing prompt post here fairly often (that’s me refusing to commit to a regular schedule in case you hadn’t guessed).
So, herewith, some writing prompts:
“What on earth happened to you?” he said to his wife.
If only it hadn’t rained, none of this would have happened.
Don’t ever say that to me again.
Write about the first time you got kissed–a real kiss.
Let’s try this again.
They sat in the charming bistro, arguing.
Write about something you (or your character) will never do again.
Your (or your character’s) favorite place in the whole world.
Okay, there you have them! Ten writing prompts to get those words out onto the page. If you feel like it, share the results in a comment. Or share: do you like writing prompts or hate them?
I am definitely a with nuts person. You? Your character? Share in comments. And find more prompts here.
Happy writing! Find more prompts here.
Share snippets in the comments! And find more writing prompts here.
And here you have them: the last set of writing prompts for September. Hope you’ve enjoyed them, and stay tuned for news of the release of a writing journal of prompts soon!
–Not in this lifetime.
–If ever I should leave you….
–What are the parameters of your main character’s world? Is he an international traveler, or someone who has always stayed close to home?
–Whatever. Just don’t expect any help from me.
–When was the last time you got to say, I told you so?
–They ate pie for breakfast, brownies for lunch and cake for dinner.
–I love staying in hotels so much that I think I was raised in one in a previous life. How about you? Do you have any feelings about how you lived in a previous life?
September is Writing Prompt Month! Actually, I have no idea if that’s true, but it sounds good, doesn’t it? Here are your prompts for the week:
–What a fool he was. Yet still she was in love with him.
–Rise and Shine! Bright, shiny new day!
–Oh God, do I have to?
–They argued all day and all night and then got up the next morning and argued some more. What are they arguing about and why? Figure that out and then write a scene.
–He had the most unlikely business idea. And yet, it was brilliant.
–What is scarier: clowns or mimes?
–And when it is all over, at last I’ll be able to….
Okay, go to it! And have fun.
I’m in a prompt kind of mood (or at least I was when I wrote this post, before I left for France) because later on this fall I’ll be coming out, with a wonderful co-author, with a writing prompt journal that you will be able to hold in your very own hands! Exciting, no? But in the meantime, because its Monday and you need to write this week, here’s a week’s worth of prompts for you. Go to it.
–He never knew that his aunt had turned into a hoarder, but now he edged along a narrow path that skirted the huge pile of junk in the living room.
–It will all be over soon.
–I don’t like you, but I love you. Seems like I’m always thinking of you. (With thanks to the Beatles.)
–The pile of notebooks threatened to topple over at any second.
–But, after all….
–You main character’s favorite way to spend her free time. Drinking wine, pursuing a hobby, watching TV, having sex, hiking, reading, what?
–My neighbors collect gnomes and have them all around their yard. Sometimes they find new ones that friends have left in odd places. What do you collect and why? How about your main character?
Okay, you’ve got your marching orders for the week. Go to it! And if you write something you want to share, put it in the comments!
Here we go again with our weekly collection of prompts from my daily Tumblr blog. Enjoy and write a lot, will you please? It would make me happy.
#357 Use the words umbrella, metal and sunlight in a sentence. Now use that sentence as a prompt.
#358 He couldn’t understand a word she said.
#359 Write about your character experiencing a storm. Is he/she scared or exhilarated? Eager for it to end or happy to let it rage around her? Does it energize her or tire him?
#360 Who is the love of your main character’s life?
#361 “I’d stay another year if I saw a teardrop in your eye.” Heard it In a Love Song,by the Marshall Tucker band. Write about what’s going on here.
#362 It was over. Thank God. She breathed a huge sigh of relief. But then….
#363 Oh, the exhilaration of it all!
There you go! How is your writing going this week?
We are coming up on a year of writing prompts--isn't it amazing what a passing fancy of an idea can produce if you set your mind to it? Plans are afoot to compile the entire year of them into a book–that's a little project for August, before I take off for Europe.
But in the meantime, I'm wondering what to do next: keep going with the prompt a day/weekly round-up? Or try something new. Ponder, ponder, ponder.
Anyway, here you go:
#350 The worst day of your life.
#351 What’s your alibi?
#352 Every step was painful, but still he walked, on and on. He had to, because ______.
#353 Write a scene featuring your protagonist arguing with another character about something he doesn’t want to do but knows he must.
#354 She watched the sun rise through the trees, lighting first the leaves, then everything around it. Usually the sunrise made her feel happy and hopeful, but not today.
#355 Write a story about a character who either forgets an important birthday or anniversary, or whose birthday or anniversary is forgotten.
#356 Write a scene with your character at her closet, trying to decide what to wear to a party.
There you go–have at it! And please weigh in on whether I should continue with the daily/weekly prompts or do something else.
Here are the prompts for the week from my Tumblr blog. Have at it!
#343 When the party ended…
#344 He walked and walked and walked until he couldn’t walk anymore because….
#345 A nun, a cowboy and a CEO dressed in a fancy suit walked into a bar. You write the rest.
#346 What is your main character’s happily ever after? Does he or she attain it?
#347 Escape! You are free at last! What have you escaped from and why did it bind you for so long?
#348 Happy Hour. What does your character drink: wine, beer, hard liquor, tea, coffee, water? And why?
#349 The best day of your life.
How's your writing going this week? What are you working on?