Prompt Your Story
By Meagan Jones
The “Writer’s Workshop” blog posts are meant to be a collage of writer’s tips, tricks, and strategies, including the first steps to publishing, writing prompts, strategies for writer’s block, and a general jumble of ideas to help you in your quest to create and publish.
You know how in my disclaimer above I mention writing prompts? Well, whatever happened to those, huh? Here’s the short answer: I didn’t really do them. I’ve given some suggestions on how to write, but no honest-to-god prompts.
So today’s Writer’s Workshop is going to be short, sweet, and simple:
- Describe the life of your favorite writing utensil. Be as descriptive as it is possible for you to be (don’t skimp out on me, you hear?)
- Pick a song. Write a sequence of images that come to mind when it’s played.
- Write down a word that you think is unusual. Use that word as the title for a piece.
- Think about the last thing that you ate. What was it? Describe it.
- A character receives something that they do not expect. What is it?
- A character is trying to explain something very simple to another character, but the other person isn’t getting it. How does your character react?
- Describe an event from a child’s point of view. The child perceives this event as traumatic.
- A character hears a mysterious noise. How does the character react, and what is it?
- You/a character hurt yourself/themself. How did it happen?
- Pick an object from your childhood that you’re really attached to. Describe it.
- Human society has shut down. How did it happen?
- What is world peace like?
- Describe your ideal world.
- Use a non-human perspective. How does an animal/plant/insect/etc. react to its surroundings?
- Touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. Use them all to describe an object/event/emotion.
Some great prompt sites to look at:
Poets and writers – they have some nice, fleshed out prompts to follow.
Thinkwritten.com – 365 writing prompts, short and sweet
Writer’s Digest – for that nice, in-between.
Thanks to all of you who have kept up with my “Writer’s Workshop” posts this semester. Next week, instead of a true Workshop post, I will be posting a farewell as an editor for this semester. Thank you all!