creative writing prompts

Promptitude: Wide Open Spaces

I just got back from visiting southeastern Oregon. 

The east side of Oregon is totally different from the west side of Oregon, where I, and most of the state's population, lives.  The east side is basin and range, gold and brown, mesas, cattle, warm, dry, long stretches of wide open spaces. The west side is green, rainy, lush, forested, hills and valleys, cities, people, business. 

When you live in a green, rainy city, visiting the open landscape of the east side of the state is mind blowing. Vfiles27241

To wit: the photo on the right, which is an image of a dirt road on Steens Mountain, the peak that looms over the entire area.  (It also moves.  Depending on where you are in the landscape, it looks like it has changed location.  It is very agile for a mountain.)

So, for your writing pleasure, here are some prompts having to do with wide open spaces, rainy landscapes, and blowing your mind:

She couldn't believe it.

The road went on forever.

In the mountains, there you feel free.     (With thanks to T.S. Eliot)

Oh my God, really?

Rain dripped from the boughs of the fir tree.

When the car broke down in the high desert he started walking.

Cows mooed loudly as they hiked by the fields.

Snow fell on a cold April morning.

Fields of gold and brown caught the sunlight.

Only one hundred more miles to go.

PS–My friend Debbie and I reserved the Diamond Hotel for a writing retreat in April of 2012.  It is going to be fabulous, so stay tuned!

Promptitude: Rain

It has been raining here forever.  Worst spring in ages. 

It is not for me to complain, however, because when I was in Nashville last weekend, the temperatures hit 90 degrees.  And the sun shone nearly every day I was there.  Plus, bad storms hit the day before I arrived and a few days after I left.  (The storms yesterday and last night were truly awful, read more about the havoc they wreaked here.  Love and prayers to all affected.)

But, weather is always good to write about.  (And that's the great thing about being a writer: good or bad, no matter what happens to you, you can always write about it.)  So here are a few prompts inspired by the weather:

When the rain started, they ran for cover.

After the storm…

The sun eventually shines.

Winds howled and the lights flickered.

There's no sense in worrying about the weather because you can't do anything about it.

Snow fell faster and faster.

Heat rose from the asphalt in waves.

Have at it!  What's the weather like where you live?

Photo by Scott Robinson, from Everystockphoto.

Promptitude: New Moon

Tomorrow is the new moon.  Yesterday we had our first 60 degree day here in Portland (it actually hit 68).  Spring officially began a couple of weeks ago.  New life, new energy and new excitement is blossoming everywhere.

Crescent_moon_luna_103391_l Time for some creative writing prompts that focus on the new.

The thing that I love about prompts is that they are all about the new.  Prompts help you start a project anew, develop an idea anew, inject life into a project anew.  That's lots of anew-ness going on.  And, truly, until your book is published, or you've hit "publish now" on your blog post, or you've sent the article off to your editor, there's always room to look at your project with new eyes.

Prompts work for any kind of project, and they also work for any stage of project.  The thing is, you never know what is going to break you open to a whole new level of understanding.   Sometimes the most random comment, thought, something your read, or, yes prompt, can get your brain spinning in a new way.  So wherever you, use these prompts to kindle the new:

The best way to start over.

April is not the cruelest month.

Let's start at the very beginning.

New moon, new energy, new life.

Spring as sprung.

Spring is the season for…

When starting anew, it is important to remember…

Energy is popping.

The new moon glittered in the sky.

Life blossoms anew.

Have at it!  This week you might also consider using one of the prompts to write a haiku, just to loosen up the flow.  Feel free to share any brilliances that arise.

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If you are looking for more prompts, here are previous Promptitude posts:

Saturday Promptitude

Promptitude: What Makes a Good Prompt?

Promptitude: Departing for Another World

Promptitude: Super Moon Edition

Promptitude: Whiney Baby


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